The number of patients tested positive for coronavirus illness, COVID-19 from the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi has set a new record for highest number of cases in a day on Sunday as every seventh patient tested positive for the disease from the country was from the twin cities in last 24 hours.
A total of 787 patients were tested positive for COVID-19 from the twin cities in last 24 hours including 656 patients from Islamabad Capital Territory and 131 from Rawalpindi district while from Pakistan, as many as 4,960 new patients were confirmed positive for the disease in last 24 hours.
A significant proportion of population in this region of the country has not been giving due attention to the precautionary measures to avoid COVID-19 nor they are following standard operating procedures while in markets.
Many a people are still refusing existence of coronavirus pandemic following a number of rumours and ‘conspiracy theories’ present on social media despite the fact that almost all public and private sector hospitals managing COVID-19 patients in the twin cities are running short of space.
According to a top official at district health department, the highest number of confirmed patients from the Punjab province has so far been reported from Lahore while Rawalpindi district is ranked number two with 2,633 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sunday. On the other hand, Islamabad is reporting the highest number of cases – 4,979 so far reported as confirmed – as per its population compared with other districts of the country.
If compared, every 13th patient so far reported from Pakistan belongs to the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi while if taken ICT alone, every 20th confirmed patient of COVID-19 from the country is a resident of the federal capital.
Similarly, every 13th death so far caused by coronavirus illness has been reported from the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi as of a total of 2002 deaths so far reported from the country, 158 were from this region.
Due to heavy burden of patients at the healthcare facilities in the region, a number of diagnostic tests required by COVID-19 patients particularly in critical condition have become unavailable at a number of private laboratories as they are facing shortage of testing kits. There has already been a great shortage of medicines required by critical COVID-19 patients in almost all markets in the region yet nothing significant is being done on the subject.