Pakistan reports over 5,000 Covid-19 cases, the highest since August


Pakistan has recorded the highest number of Covid cases after five months with positivity rate surging to 9.45 percent, revealed NCOC.

According to the National Command and Operation Centre, all provinces need to review the situation and decide about placing restrictions on public gatherings, weddings, schools, restaurants, and public transport. It added that cases in the country is again surging.

The coronavirus positivity ratio in Pakistan’s port city is about to touch 40%, as Karachi reported 2,412 fresh Covid cases overnight. The new infections were detected after 6,124 diagnostic tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. The health department officials said, Karachi’s positivity ratio jumped to 39.39% from 35% within the same duration.

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Meanwhile, federal health officials told the media that they expected the situation in Karachi to change in the coming week as the positivity ratio might hit 50 percent, leading to an increase in hospitalisations.

The situation has turned serious in other areas also,

  • Muzaffarabad’s 11.9 percent
  • Rawalpindi’s 9.94 percent
  • Lahore’s 8.5 percentr
  • Islamabad’s 6.95 percent
  • Peshawar’s 5.43 percent
  • Hyderabad’s 5.12 percent

Moreover, the NCOC has recommend banning on in-flight meals and serving of snacks on public transport with effect from Monday. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) was asked to ensure wearing of facemasks and compliance with other standard operating procedures (SOPs) during flights as well as at all airports.

The NCOC also directed all relevant quarters to fast-track vaccination drive and ramp up efforts to achieve vaccination targets. It has also announced all citizens above 18 years can get the coronavirus vaccine’s booster jab, as the Omicron variant pushes infections across the country.

So far, 166,837,089 doses of vaccine have been administered. As many as 101,457,925 people have received at least one dose of vaccine and 76,649,649 people have become fully vaccinated, said NCOC.

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