ISLAMABAD: The positivity rate of Covid in Pakistan surpassed 7% with 3,567 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. It is the highest single-day Covid infections data since Sept 10, 2021.
According to NCOC, about 48,449 tests were conducted across the country in 24 hours, and 3,567 infections were reported. Consequently, the positivity ratio increased to to 7.36%.
With the new infections, the overall tally has risen to 1.315 million, while seven more deaths, taking toll to 28,999 casualties.
Amid rising coronavirus cases in the country after the emergence of the Omicron variant, a meeting of the education ministers’ was called yesterday (Thursday) to decide the fate of schools, but it was postponed to next week.
Covid Big Surge in Karachi
In Karachi, the mega city of Pakistan, the COVID-19 positivity ratio reached up to 31% on Thursday when 1,940 people were testing positive for the infectious disease.
However, an official of the Sindh Health Department claimed that as hospitalisation was not increasing in Karachi, there was no need to panic about the COVID-19.
MPA Qasim said, “We have decided that unless the hospitalisation increases up to 40-50% in Karachi, we are not going to take any drastic measures. We are taking some measures to promote vaccination and take action against businesses doing public dealing with unvaccinated staff but no stringent measures are under consideration at the moment in Karachi.” MPA Qasim Soomro is parliamentary secretary of health in the Sindh Assembly.