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Pakistan’s COVID positivity rate crosses 3% after 70 days

Pakistan’s coronavirus positivity rate crossed 3% mark for the first time in more than 70 days, Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar said on Thursday, urging the public to follow safety guidelines amid the deteriorating situation of the pandemic.

He said that the NCOC has tightened restrictions on some high-risk public activities but the rising spread of the disease can only be controlled if people believe in the need for precautions.

Pakistan reported 908 new cases of coronavirus on October 28, the highest number of positive cases since July 29. The authorities conducted 29,449 tests of which 908 returned positive while 16 deaths were also recorded in the day.

The federal authorities have issued multiple warnings in the past few days on the ignorance towards the implementation of Covid-19 SOPs as the second wave hits the country.

On Wednesday, the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) issued fresh rules regarding the closure of wedding halls and shopping malls and made the wearing of face mask mandatory.

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