Pakistan sees fast increase in COVID-19 cases, positivity rate leaps to 6.17%


ISLAMABAD: The coronavirus situation in Pakistan is getting bad again and it’s happening fast.

The country reported a jump in its positivity rate for the virus, which now stands at 6.17%. The last time Pakistan crossed the 6% positivity rate mark was almost two months ago in May. On May 22, the country recorded a positivity rate of 6.43%.

Another 31 people died from coronavirus within the country, consistent with the National Command and Operation Centre’s stats from Friday morning.

According to the stats, 37,690 COVID-19 tests were conducted across the country within the last 24 hours, of which 2,327 people were confirmed to be infected with the virus.

The price of the virus has risen to 22,720 across the country, while the amount of affected people has reached 983,719.

In addition to the present, during the last 24 hours, 956 people recovered from COVID-19, after which the amount of individuals recovering from the epidemic within the country has risen to 917,329, while the amount of active cases within the country has risen to 43,670.

Eidul Adha should be celebrated during a ‘closed, limited’ environment: Dr. Faisal Sultan

A day earlier, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr. Faisal Sultan had said the upcoming Eidul Adha festival is going to be celebrated during a “limited, closed” environment, hinting at more restrictions to curb the virus spread amid fears of a fourth wave.

The minister was speaking on Geo Pakistan where he spoke about the spike in coronavirus cases and therefore the measures being taken by the federal.

When asked whether Eidul Adha in Pakistan is going to be observed during a lockdown-type situation, the minister responded by saying that the festival should be celebrated during a “limited, closed” environment.

He spoke about the new Delta variant of the coronavirus, saying that the mutations in each new variant of the virus make it very easy to “jump from one person to another”.

“This variant is spreading at a pace of 50-60%,” he said.

On Tuesday, Federal Parliamentary Health Secretary Dr. Nausheen Hamid had revealed that the Delta variant of the coronavirus — which first emerged in India — is now making up a whopping 50% of the entire infections in Pakistan.

The lawmaker, speaking during Geo News program Geo Pakistan, said the COVID-19 vaccines that Pakistan is administering are effective against the Delta variant.

Dr. Hamid highlighted that no vaccine within the world is 100% effective against the Delta variant, however, if an individual gets the jab, the virus won’t affect their health badly.

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