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Pakistan’s Covid positivity ratio shoots to 13% as virus threat looms

23 Jan, 2022
Pakistani senior citizens receive Covid vaccine doses in Lahore. AFP/File
Pakistani senior citizens receive Covid vaccine doses in Lahore. AFP/File

As many as 7,586 coronavirus cases were reported over the last 24 hours, according to the daily update of the National Command and Operation Centre, as the country battles with the fifth wave of the contagion.

In a tweet, the NCOC said that the Covid positivity ratio stood at 13 per cent, which is the highest in the last three-four months as per the Covid graph of the government.

Moreover, Pakistan has confirmed 1,367,605 cases out of which Sindh has reported 523,774, Punjab (462,323), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (184,455), and Balochistan (33,910). Overall, Islamabad has confirmed 117,436 cases, Gilgit Baltistan (10,489) and AJK (35,218).

The death toll has risen to 29,097 after 20 people succumbed to the novel virus during the last 24 hours. The recoveries from coronavirus have reached 1,268,245 after 647 more people recovered from the virus. Meanwhile, there are 1,083 critical cases.

Imposing new curbs to contain Covid-19, the NCOC on Friday announced the closure of educational institutions in areas that had a high rate of virus cases for a week.

According to the new directives issued by the Covid-19 monitoring Centre, only vaccinated people will be allowed to pray in mosques and other places of worship and they must be masked the whole time.

NCOC head Asad Umar, in a tweet, on Saturday again urged the people to get the booster shot in order to stem the virus spread.