Covid-19 claims 10 lives in single day in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Byline: Ashfaq Yusufzai

PESHAWAR -- Khyber Pakhtunkhwa recorded 10 more deaths due to Covid-19, the highest number in a single day since the onset of the pandemic, bringing the death toll to 60 in the province.

The new deaths included four each from Peshawar and Swat and one apiece from Mardan and Abbottabad, according to daily situation report of Covid-19 of April 18. It said that with 62 new cases, the number of patients in the province reached 1,137.

According to it, 10 confirmed patients have recovered in the last 24 hours, taking total count of healed people to 226 so far. The province detected first Covid-19 confirmed case on February 26 and 1,000th case in 29 days.

Meanwhile, analysis regarding the dead by health department has shown that 19 of the total 50 died of Covid-19 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa till April 17 had travel history to foreign countries for preaching purpose.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where the disease has less confirmed Covid-19 patients than Punjab and Sindh, has 4.6 per cent case fatality rate (CFR), which is the highest than any other province. The countrywide CFR is 1.91 per cent. The CFR is the highest among patients of 80 years and above, followed by 70 to 79 years of age.

Death toll reaches 60 in the province

Peshawar, the capital of the province, has recorded 22 deaths, 44 per cent of the total, who passed away due to Covid-19 since March 16 when a 50-year-old person died in Mardan, the first casualty caused by the virus in the province as well as in Pakistan. Peshawar accounted for 292 cases, followed by Mardan with 109, Buner with 74, Dir Upper with 62 and Kohat with 50 cases.

The youngest one died of the ailment was 35-year-old. The victims of the virus also included people aged 36, 40, 48 and 50 years. Median age of the expired people ranged from 35 to 85 years.

According to the analytical report, four of the dead persons belonged to Swat, three each hailed from Nowshera, Mardan, Mansehra and Kohat and two each from Abbottabad and Dir Lower and one each from Swabi, Shangla, Mohmand, Malakand, Dera Ismail Khan, Buner and Bannu and one was of the...

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