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Sindh govt. spokesperson refutes NCOC’s statistics, says Hyderabad district’s positivity ratio stood at 8.7pc

Sindh government spokesperson Murtaza Wahab refutes National Command and Operation Centre’s (NCOC) statistics, says in the last 48 hours, the coronavirus positivity ratio has remained at 8.7% approximately in District Hyderabad.

Murtaza Wahab in a video message shared on Twitter, on Monday, said that according to official data of the past few days, the positivity rate in the Hyderabad district stood at 8.7pc.

The statement comes after the NCOC, in a statement, said that the Covid-19 positivity ratio was rapidly growing in major cities, with the rate exceeding 15pc in at least three cities across the country.

 Wahab said in a video message, without naming the NCOC, said, “I saw these updates on TV. I investigated and checked this and I want to tell you that to say that positivity ratio in Hyderabad district is 15pc is, in my opinion, is wrong. Situation is not like that”.

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“I want to present numbers to you: in the past 24 hours, Sindh government conducted 1,601 tests in the district, out of which 140 people’s results came out positive. The positivity ratio in Hyderabad district is around 8.7pc. If you look at [numbers] from the past 48 hours, about 3,200 tests have been conducted and 276 people have tested positive,” he added.

According to the NCOC, Hyderabad had the highest COVID-19 positivity ratio in Pakistan at 16.59pc, followed by Multan with 15.97pc, Gilgit with 15.38pc, Muzaffarabad with 14.12pc, Mirpur with 11.11pc, Peshawar with 9.69pc, Quetta with 8.03pc, Islamabad with 7.48pc, Karachi with 7.12pc, Lahore with 5.37pc and Rawalpindi with 4.63pc.

Saman Siddiqui

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