Pakistan recorded 2,304 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours – a 27% increase since November 11’s tally. The last time Pakistan reported over 2,000 cases was July 16, Khyber News reported. The virus claimed 37 lives in a day – another highest in four months, while the number of active cases has shot up to 23,641 across the country.
A total of 36,923 tests were conducted across the country, bringing the case positivity rate to 6.4%. A total of 321,563 people have recovered from the virus. Pakistan has been witnessing a gradual rise in the coronavirus cases with officials acknowledging that the second wave of the COVID-19 has arrived in the country.
The National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) on Wednesday issued fresh restrictions in a bid to control the rapidly rising second wave of coronavirus infections across the country.
The NCOC has recommended limiting all public gatherings to 500 people, including cultural, political, religious, entertainment and civil gatherings.
The body has also suggested notifying early and extending winter vacations to federal and provincial education departments, keeping in view the rising positivity rate in educational institutions.
It also recommended that only outdoor dining be allowed till 10 pm while cinemas and theatres be closed immediately. Shrines will also be temporarily closed with immediate effect. Only outdoor weddings with a capacity of 500 people be will allowed from November 20.