Peshawar continues to record the highest COVID-19 mortality rate in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) with 50.4 percent of the province’s fatalities, while data from the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) shows Peshawar’s positivity rate as 11.2 percent, which is the highest in the country.
KP recorded seven more deaths with five in Peshawar and one each Swabi and Swat within the last twenty-four hours, which has taken the overall provincial death toll to 1,839. A total of 927 of these deaths have been recorded in Peshawar since the onset of the pandemic.
Peshawar continues to record the highest number of coronavirus positive cases in the province, bringing the tally to 26,297. It is also home to 40.12 percent of the total positive patients in the province where the number of fatalities has jumped from 2.8 percent to 3.5 percent.
Despite the metropolis having 1,505 active cases of a total of 3,233 patients in the province, it is also leading in its record of upturns with 23,758 recoveries out of 60,222 patients.
Physicians have claimed Peshawar to be the epicenter of the coronavirus since the outbreak of the pandemic in Pakistan.
“It is not necessary that most patients dying of the virus and testing positive for it must belong to Peshawar as the people of the province are in the habit of visiting the teaching hospitals, not only for COVID-19 but also for general ailments,” a senior physician said.