Pakistan's COVID-19 positivity ratio over 3% for third consecutive day

Pakistan’s COVID-19 positivity ratio over 3% for third consecutive day


People gather to receive their coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine doses, at a vaccination center in Karachi, Pakistan April 28, 2021. Photo: Reuters
  • Pakistan reports 1,467 cases, two deaths from COVID-19 in last 24 hours, NCOC data shows.
  • Coronavirus positivity ratio reaches 3.33%.
  • NCOC chief Asad Umar had, a day earlier, urged nation to remain cautious to curtail spread of coronavirus.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s coronavirus positivity ratio remained over 3% for the third straight day, as COVID-19’s Omicron variant continues to spread across the country and push infection rates.

The National Command and Operations Centre’s (NCOC) Tuesday morning data showed that 1,467 cases were reported from across the country after 43,540 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. This took the positivity ratio to 3.33%.

The detection of new cases moved overall infections past 1.307 million, while two more deaths were reported that bumped the death toll to 28,974, NCOC’s website showed.

A day earlier, Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives and NCOC chief Asad Umar had urged the nation to remain cautious to curtail the spread of coronavirus in the face of a rising positivity rate.

“People should follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) to save themselves from COVID-19 which is currently spreading fast in the country,” he said while addressing a prize distribution ceremony organised by the NCOC to honour teams that worked to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

During the ceremony, Umar had said that the people who are not vaccinated so far must get jabbed as soon as possible.

The NCOC chief had said: “People who were fully vaccinated six months ago and are over 30 years of age should get a booster dose.”

Despite the closure of clinics and labs on Sunday, 759 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Karachi when 4,891 tests were conducted, officials said Monday morning.

The positivity ratio in Pakistan’s biggest city was recorded at 15.52% in Karachi due to the spread of the Omicron variant, officials added, according to The News.

In light of the rising cases, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation Administrator Murtaza Wahab had hinted at resorting to strict COVID-19 restrictions to curb infection rates.

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