ISLAMABAD: The capital has the largest rate of utilisation reserved for Covid-19 patients for hospitals beds.
District administration officials told Dawn that in 12 hospital, 362 beds, minus ventilators, were reserved for patients. On Saturday, with a bed occupancy rate of 66.2pc, 240 patients were admitted to these hospitals.
Punjab has a 10.1pc occupancy rate as 877 were occupied out of the 8,624 beds reserved for the infected persons in 242 hospitals.
With 78 of the 918 beds in 17 hospitals vacant, Azad Kashmir has the third highest utilisation rate (8.4pc).
158 beds have been allotted to 22 hospitals in Gilgit-Balitistan, with 11 in service (6.9pc). The average was 6.2pc in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. 5,440 beds in its 200 hospitals have been reserved by the province, of which 339 are in service. In 213 Sindh hospitals, with 553 occupied (4.8pc), there are 11,366 beds reserved.
With 24 of the 827 beds reserved in 57 hospitals in operation, Balochistan has a 2.1pc utilisation rate. Over the last 24 hours, 7,025 tests have been performed in the area, of which 458 individuals have been confirmed to be carrying the virus.
Of the 240 patients admitted to hospitals, officials said, 24 were healthy, 89 were low-flow oxygen, and 84 were high-flow oxygen. Around 43 have been on ventilators.
458 new cases emerge in the capital. The ratio of young people infected with the virus high
Since the outbreak in March, more young people have contracted Covid-19 than the old and middle-aged, while the mortality risk has been high among the elderly.
According to official Rawalpindi district records, 3,612 individuals in the 11-40 age group have contracted the virus to date, including 1,466 women. Moreover, 471 children, 198 girls and 273 boys, were also among the patients. In comparison, with 690 females and 850 males, 1,540 people aged 41 to 50 years were found infected.
The data revealed that 2,507 people aged 51 years and over, including 1,050 women, were sick.
As many as 29 individuals died of the virus in the 11-40 age range and 67 in the 41-50 age group. For patients aged 51 and over the highest death rate was when 259 persons in this age group lost their lives.
Since March, a total of 40,384 experiments have been carried out in the district, out of which 8,310 tested positive. 182 persons tested positive in multiple parts of the garrison city on Saturday.
As many as 1,012 patients, including 188 at Holy Family Hospital, Rawalpindi Institute of Urology and Benazir Bhutto Hospital, are under care. Of these, 148 patients belong to the district of Rawalpindi and 40 are from other districts.
A student tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday at the newly-established University of Chakwal (UoC).
“The student claimed to have contracted the coronavirus. “I have contacted health department officials and a team will visit the university on Monday,” Registrar Prof. Ghulam Mohammad Jhaggar told Dawn, “The university currently has more than 4,000 students and as many as 80 students have been adjusted to its capacity of 50 in one classroom due to a lack of classrooms,” a faculty member said.
Sources advised Dawn that the students did not take precautionary steps because they wore no masks or retained social isolation.
So far even random student samplings have not been carried out. “We fear that if sampling was carried out more cases might emerge,” worried another faculty member.
Chakwal currently has 25 pending cases. In Chakwal, 346 cases have been identified so far while 45 individuals have lost their lives because of the virus,” said Dawn, Additional Deputy Commissioner General Anbar Gilani, who is also a focal person for the Chakwal administration’s Covid-19.” She added that for not practising SOPs, two private colleges were sealed a couple of days ago.
On Saturday, one confirmed and one alleged patient died in Attock.
The deceased was a former Tehsil nazi of Hassanabdal, according to the health authorities. The 55-year-old was admitted to Attock DHQ hospital.
Dr Jawad Elahi, Chief Executive Officer of the District Health Authority, said the patient, a resident of Jand tehsil, Domeil village, was admitted to the hospital with symptoms of Covid-19. When he passed away, the patient’s examination result was expected. He said that on Saturday, six more persons tested positive, bringing the count to 733.
There were 63 active patients in the area, Dr. Elahi said with 56 in home isolation and seven hospitalised. Five alleged patients have also been admitted to the DHQ facility, he added.
In Covid-19 instances, Taxila experienced another surge as 10 more individuals were found contaminated. On Saturday, the count increased to 659.
Dr Sara Qadeer, Deputy District Officer for Health, said that most of the cases belonged to the Wah Cantonment urban areas, particularly Wards 6, 7 and 8, which had remained hotspots of the virus during the previous spell.
The number of active patients in the area also rose to 168 and all were alone at home, she added. Meanwhile, 12 people in Jhelum contracted the virus, Dr Waseem Iqbal, CEO of Health, said on Saturday.
The CEO said that 33,187 individuals were screened, out of which 606 tested positive. Further coverage by Nabeel Anwar Dhakku & Amjad Iqbal