Positivity ratio in Pakistan continues to hover around 10 percent with 5,472 new infections during the last 24 hours, while it was above 40 percent in Karachi, the National Command and Operation Centre, said on Wednesday.

The positivity ratio was 9.48 percent after 57,669 tests were conducted. That also hiked active coronavirus cases in Pakistan from 39,881 to 44,717 in the last 24 hours, the highest since October 6, according to official figures released in the morning.

With the death of eight people, the toll has risen to 29,037, while new infections have taken the caseload to 1.34 million, the NCOC data showed.

Meanwhile, the health department has said that positivity ratio in seven cities of the country has soared past 10 percent. Karachi leads with positivity ratio of 40.13, Muzaffarabad 21 percent, Lahore 15.2 percent, Hyderabad 14 percent, Islamabad 12 percent, Peshawar 11 percent, and Rawalpindi 10.26 percent.

Coronavirus infections in Pakistan are doubling every week on average and could strain the country’s healthcare system in two weeks, Dr Rana Muhammad Safdar, the director-general of health, had warned.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA), has expressed concern regarding the worsening coronavirus situation in the country.

The PMA, in a statement on Tuesday, demanded the government immediately impose a ban on political rallies and other public gatherings.

The association also warned of further aggravation of the coronavirus situation across the country in the next two to three weeks and said that there is a risk that the Omicron variant could become more deadly.


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