Covid-19 positivity ratio surges to 4.61% as 650 more infected in 24 hours


Pakistan continues to post high Covid-19 infection rate as it reported 675 new cases in last 24 hours, with positivity ratio surging to alarming 4.61 percent.

The National Institute of Health (NIH) in its update on Monday said that two deaths were reported due to infection as overall is 30,403. The tally of total cases has surged to 1,538,622.

As per the National Institution of Health (NIH), 675 cases were reported in the past 24 hours, while two people succumbed to the virus and 153 patients were in critical care. More than 14,000 Covid tests were conducted across the country.

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COVID-19 Statistics 3 July 2022 show:

  • Total Tests in Last 24 Hours: 14,632
  • Positive Cases: 675
  • Positivity %: 4.61%
  • Deaths: 02
  • Patients on Critical Care: 153

Meanwhile, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Mardan and Azad Kashmir’s Muzaffarabad followed with positivity rates of 5.95% and 4.62%, respectively. In addition, Lahore’s positivity was recorded at 3.49%, while in Islamabad it was 2.37%. The health department further highlighted that Karachiwith a 19.09% Covid positivity rate, was affected the most by the disease.

According to the health authorities, the new wave of cases in the country could partially be attributed to two sub-variants of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 – BA.4 and BA.5. This meant that the virus would continue to spread fast.

Moreover, the Sindh government has ruled out a possible lockdown in Karachi at a meeting held on Wednesday. “The city cannot be forced to go under another lockdown, which is why it is highly necessary that the community at large understands the importance of Covid SOPs and follows them,” a statement issued after the meeting quoted Sindh Health Minister Dr Azra Pechuho as saying.

She added, “Just because the symptoms of Covid infections are mild does not mean that the after-effects of long Covid-19 should be ignored. The masks must be made mandatory for all indoor spaces, especially cinemas and the like. People are not taking precautions that they used to take which is another reason the cases of Covid-19 [cases] are increasing.”

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