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Pakistan reports more than 800 new Covid cases with increase in positivity ratio to 4.47%

According to NIH, the positivity rate surged to 4.47pc from 3.93pc on Friday. NIH’s data further showed that 18,305 tests were conducted across the country in the last 24 hours, while 126 patients were in critical care. During this time, four people died from the deadly virus.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan today reported over 800 cases, the largest daily increase in four months with increase in the national positivity ratio to 4.47 per cent.

The National Institute of Health (NIH) said that 818 cases were reported in the last 24 hours, up from 694 a day earlier and this number is the highest since March 3.

According to NIH, the positivity rate surged to 4.47pc from 3.93pc on Friday. NIH’s data further showed that 18,305 tests were conducted across the country in the last 24 hours, while 126 patients were in critical care. During this time, four people died from the deadly virus.

Karachi, the mega city of Pakistan, remained the most Covid-affected city in the country with the positivity rate of 17.06pc. In the last 24 hours, 3,095 tests were conducted in the city of which 528 came out positive.

Meanwhile, Muzaffarabad and Lahore followed with the positivity rates of 6.45pc and 5.58pc, respectively. In Islamabad’s positivity was recorded at 4.05pc, while in Peshawar it was 2.47pc.

Health Minister Abdul Qadir Patel has called for the strict implementation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) such as wearing masks, maintaining social distance and sanitisation.

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