Pakistan’s positivity rate of Covid-19 ‘high’, finds WHO

Sandra Loyd

Pakistan’s positivity rate of the lethal coronavirus is now 22 percent, finds a report by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Positivity rates, which are being kept track of in all pandemic-struck countries all over the world, is the portion of favorable results out of the overall number of evaluates tested.

Standards from the WHO advise that countries aiming to unwind social distancing guidelines, lockdowns, or other public health procedures need to report a positivity rate of 5pc or less, for 2 successive weeks.

Although Pakistan has actually increase its screening to over 29,000 tests daily recently, of those tests detected up to 22 pc have actually returned favorable in overall, keeps in mind the WHO.

On the other hand, Pakistan started relieving its three-week lockdown in early May.

In a previous report of the WHO, dated June 4, a breakdown of the ratio by province was supplied. Balochistan ranked the highest at 19 pc, followed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 17 pc, Sindh, 16 pc, Punjab, 12 pc, Gilgit Baltistan, 9pc, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, 4pc, and Islamabad, 8pc.

A report sent out by a WHO agent to the Punjab federal government recently likewise explained the “high” positivity rate in the nation.

According to the Johns Hopkins University in the United States, a high positivity rate might suggest that the nation is “only testing the sickest patients who seek medical attention, and is not casting a wide enough net to know how much of the virus is spreading within its communities.”

While a low rate of positivity “can be seen as a sign that a state has sufficient testing capacity for the size of their outbreak and is testing enough of its population to make informed decisions about reopening.”

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