PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Wednesday recorded six more deaths due to the Covid-19 pandemic while 261 new patients tested positive for the disease, according to a daily health department report.
It is said that the death rate in all provinces due to coronavirus reached 351 and the total number of positive cases reached 6,815. Three people passed through Peshawar and one each in Nowshera, Swat and Dir Lower. Peshawar continues to be at the top of the list of deaths from the virus with 209, which is the highest number recorded by every district in the province and also in the country so far.
The provincial capital recorded 94 new cases, making the total number of patients positive 2,604, also the highest in each district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and also in Pakistan.
Swat, another endemic district, confirmed 24 new patients, bringing the total number of cases to 584. In the Nowshera district, 14 new patients were diagnosed positively with infectious diseases. The total number of pandemics in this district now reaches 187.
Mardan’s total count reached 369 by detecting three new cases and Abbottabad had 140 patients with seven new cases, according to the report.
The number of cases reached 6,815 in this province
Deaths and cases are concentrated in the densely populated central districts while the caseload is nominal in southern tribal districts and has only recently been merged.
Swat came second after Peshawar with 30 deaths. Mardan has 23 deaths; Nowshera 11; Swabi 10; Malakand, Dir Lower and Abbottabad each of eight; Kohat six; Charsadda, Bajaur and Mansehra each have five deaths, while South Waziristan, Tank, North Waziristan, Lakki Marwat, Orakzai, Hangu, Upper and Lower Kohistan, Kolai Palas, Torghar, Lower Chitral and Upper Chitral have not reported confirmed deaths due to Covid- 19
The health ministry report said that 7,230 people have so far recovered from the pandemic, making the total number of people recovering from the disease 2,130.
Swat has recorded 229 recoveries from illness, mostly in the province, followed by Peshawar with 206, Mardan 186, Buner 108, Dir Upper 106 and Malakand with 104 recoveries.
According to the report, the case fatality rate (CFR) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was 5.15 percent compared with 5.26 percent on Tuesday, the largest in the country. The CFR in Peshawar was 8.02 percent compared with 8.20 percent on Tuesday, the largest in any city in Pakistan.
Case fatality rates declined slightly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Peshawar.
Six people have died in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa while Peshawar alone has accounted for three deaths in all deaths in the province over the past 24 hours.
This means that Peshawar has contributed 50 percent of the total deaths that occurred in this province during the past 24 hours.
This shows the situation that continues to worsen in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in general and in Peshawar in particular.
Published in Dawn, May 21, 2020
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