Pakistan-Coronavirus infection positivity rate in some cities surpassed 15%

 Hyderabad, Multan and Gilgit reported more than 15% positivity rate says NCOC

According to National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) -Hyderabad, Multan and Gilgit are reporting sharp increase in COVID-19 cases. The positivity rate in these cities has surpassed 15% which is more than average the national average of 4.5% in the country.   

The overall positivity rate stands at 4.5% with Hyderabad reporting the highest at 16.59%. Multan recorded 15.97%, Gilgit 15.38, Muzaffarabad 14.12 %, Mirpur 11.11% , Peshawar 9.69%, Quetta 8.03%, Islamabad 7.48 %, Karachi 7.12% , Lahore 5.37 % and Rawalpindi reported 4.63% positivity rate.

A total of 1,650 people tested positive for the coronavirus on Sunday, bringing the tally to 344,839 with 18,981 active cases as of November 9. The death toll reached 6,977 with nine people succumbing to the virus in the past 24 hours. 

To contain the rising coronavirus spread, at least 4,136 micro lockdowns have been imposed across the country and the fresh measures introduced to curb the virus will be in place till January 31, 2021.

Last Friday, the NCOC directed public and private companies to implement a 50% “work from home” policy and banned indoor weddings. However, people are allowed to invite up to 1,000 guests at outdoor functions.

The NCOC notification said major cities with a high positivity rate and higher disease spread potential will be asked to enforce the ban. The rule pertains to Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Multan, Hyderabad, Gilgit, Muzaffarabad, Mirpur, Peshawar, Quetta, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Faisalabad, Bahawalpur, and Abbottabad.

Beginning November 7, the NCOC directed the implementation of a "Gilgit-Baltistan model" whereby face masks must be made compulsory in the aforementioned cities.

In GB, failure to do so results in a penalty of Rs 100 and three masks issued on the spot. Authorities have been advised to issue similar penalties in these locations.

                                                                 Web Desk

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