COVID-19 positivity rate stands at 13.39% in Peshawar: Should PDM hold the rally?

The positivity rate of COVID-19 stood at 13.39 percent in Peshawar yesterday and 202 patients are in critical condition. 50 patients are put on low flow oxygen; 134 on high flow; 18 persons have been put on ventilators and 14 patients were brought to the medical facilities in critical condition.

PDM Peshawar rally

Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar has criticized the major opposition parties, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), for insisting on holding a Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) rally in Peshawar amid COVID-19 threat, ARY News reported on Saturday.

In his Twitter messages, Asad Umar said that PML-N led government in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) announced a two-week complete lockdown, whereas, PPP-led Sindh government imposed a smart lockdown in four districts of Karachi.

The federal minister added that both parties showed dual-standard by insisting on holding a public gathering in Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), despite observing the threats of the second wave of novel coronavirus across the country.

While highlighting the statistics of virus spread in KP capital, Umar said that the positivity rate of COVID-19 stood at 13.39 percent in Peshawar yesterday and 202 patients are in critical condition. He added that 50 patients are put on low flow oxygen; 134 on high flow; 18 persons have been put on ventilators and 14 patients were brought to the medical facilities in critical condition.

He slammed the opposition leadership for risking the health and employment of the nationals by holding rallies and to take revenge from the people of Peshawar who gave the mandate to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

He said that PTI had grabbed victory on four seats from Peshawar in 2013 and five seats in the 2018 general elections. Umar added that Peshawar is the city of Imran Khan and his political party will maintain its electoral victory in the next election as well.

It is pertinent to mention here that the district administration had denied allowing Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) to hold a public gathering on November 22 in view of the rising number of coronavirus cases in Peshawar.

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Notably, on Monday, Prime Minister Imran Khan had imposed restrictions on public gatherings and had called upon on citizens to observe standard operating procedures to curb the second wave of the virus. He also suspended PTI’s public gatherings and asked other political parties to follow suit.

Peshawar administration refuses to grant permissions

Peshawar’s deputy commissioner (DC) on Friday refused to grant permission for a public meeting planned by the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), citing the rising spread of the novel coronavirus in the district.

The opposition alliance had sought permission to hold a public meeting on Peshawar’s Dalazak Road, Ring Road Chowk earlier this month.

A letter issued by the DC’s office noted that the coronavirus positivity rate in Peshawar district had exceeded 13 per cent, adding that a public gathering “is likely to further increase the spread of life-threatening virus”.

The letter went on to say that in order to “safeguard human lives [from the] potential spread of Covid-19”, the public gathering cannot be allowed to take place.

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KP chief minister’s aide Kamran Bangash tweeted the DC’s letter and said: “[Positivity] rate of coronavirus cases in Peshawar has reached 13pc. Be sensible.”

The PDM has planned a public rally in the provincial capital on Sunday, where Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, Bilawal-Bhutto Zardari and other opposition leaders are likely to deliver speeches.


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