Covid-19 cases, positivity rate rises in KP

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Peshawar positivity ratio rises to 35pc
PESHAWAR
An alarming increase in the Covid-19 positivity ratio was seen in the provincial capital as it reached 35pc on Thursday from 26pc reported on Wednesday. As many as 1317 new cases and three deaths reported during the last 24 hours in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).
A report of the health department said that the overall daily positivity rate has swelled to 13pc.
The report said that the positivity rate was the highest, 35pc, in Peshawar, followed by Kohat at 14pc and Mardan at 12pc.
The number of deaths due to the pandemic rose to 2919 as one more breathed their last in Peshawar, one each in Kohat and Dera Ismail Khan.
Peshawar reported 713 new cases, Mardan 145, Nowshera 58, Kohat 68, Mansehra 53, Abbottabad 45, Swabi 62, Bannu 12 and Dera Ismail Khan recorded 29 new cases.
It further said that the number of beds utilized in High Dependency Units has also increased by 21 percent since 24 January.
Additionally, the number of Omicron cases also in rise in the province as 15 more Omicron cases of which 13 were reported from Peshawar, 01 from Karak..
The KP Chief Minister advisor on Information Mohammad Ali Saif inaugurated points for taking samples for Covid-19 investigations.
Addressing a news conference, he said that the government is taking all possible efforts to contain the fifty wave of coronavirus virus.
Saif said that the KP government is conducting up to 5000 daily.
Moreover, the district administration closed four more government schools including Working Folks Grammar School (female section), Takht Bhai, Working Grammar School (male section), Government Girls Centennial Model School Higher Secondary Schools Katlang, and Government Girls Primary School Gujar Ghari, Mardan.
The KP government so far has administered the first dose of vaccination to 14.5 million people in the province while 10.3 million people have been given the second dose.