Pakistan is once again facing a surge in Covid cases. This is a massive blow to the country which had basically stopped experiencing Covid lately. However, the Covid situation is once again becoming alarming, especially with Eid ul Adha around the corner.
As a result, the government is taking measures to mitigate the spread of Covid. Health Minister Abdul Qadir Patel, during a media briefing today, urged the public to stay indoors during the Eid holidays to prevent the disease from spreading. However, he also clarified that the government won’t be imposing a smart lockdown yet.
Earlier the government had also made masks mandatory in all closed spaces and requested people to avoid hugging or shaking hands with people during the festivities. Further, the Civil Aviation Authority also made wearing face masks mandatory on domestic flights.
Covid in Pakistan
For the first time since March, Pakistan last week witnessed a sharp surge in Covid cases as the number of daily infections surged to 818. Nationwide, 675 Covid cases have been reported in the past 24 hours with two deaths. 153 patients are in critical condition. Authorities stated that cases within all provinces are on the rise.
COVID-19 Statistics 04 July 2022
Total Tests in Last 24 Hours: 14,632
Positive Cases: 675
Positivity %: 4.61%
Patients on Critical Care: 153
— NIH Pakistan (@NIH_Pakistan) July 4, 2022
The reinstated National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) raised an alarm on Monday as the coronavirus spreads rapidly within the country with the highest daily number of cases reported in Sindh.
According to the NCOC, 508 people were diagnosed with Covid in Sindh within the last 24 hours as the positivity rate soared to 10.53 percent.
Moreover, reports from Karachi suggest the port city’s positivity rate now stands at 20.61 percent with 456 cases reported in the past 24 hours.
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The federal capital has also seen a sharp increase in the number of Covid-19 cases with a 3.48 per cent positivity rate. Similarly, Lahore has reached a positivity rate of 3.29 per cent.