COVID-19: Pakistan’s positivity ratio crosses 10%

Pakistan’s coronavirus positivity ratio shot on Thursday past 10% as the country battles a third wave of the virus.

The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) said Pakistan carried out 38,858 tests in the last 24 hours, out of which 3,946 returned positive, taking the national positivity ratio to 10.15%.

With the new cases, the total number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan reached 640,988 and the active cases stand at 37,985.

A breakdown of the total cases showed that 263,815 cases have been detected in Sindh, 205,314 cases in Punjab, 81,787 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 19,395 in Balochistan, 53,684 in Islamabad, 4,977 in Gilgit Baltistan and 12,016 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. So far, 588,975 have recovered from coronavirus after testing positive. Earlier this week, the NCOC decided to tighten the restrictions given the deteriorating coronavirus situation across the country.

Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives Asad Umar on Twitter said: “In the NCOC meeting this morning we decided to increase restrictions of activities contributing to a sharp increase in COVID-19 positivity.”

The local administrations across the country have been directed to tighten the implementation of SOP’s and crack down on violations that are taking place, the minister said.

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