Pakistan’s coronavirus positivity rate dropped below 5 percent after almost a month as 2,465 new cases surfaced in the last 24 hours, National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) data showed on Wednesday morning.

According to NCOC, 49,553 people were tested countrywide of 2,465 were found infected with coronavirus. The decline in fresh cases pushed the country’s coronavirus positivity rate down to 4.97 percent.

However, a rise in Pakistan’s daily COVID-19 death count was reported as 49 more patients succumbed to the virus, placing the total number of fatalities at 29,877.

Meanwhile, country’s active case count stands at 73,029 and the overall case count at 1,491,423.

After a drop in the positivity ratio in the country, the NCOC on Tuesday decided to extend till February 21 the already enforced coronavirus curbs only in the cities where the rate was higher than 10 percent.

It reviewed the overall coronavirus situation in the country and cities with high disease prevalence in detail and announced to keep the coronavirus-related restrictions in place in the cities and districts where the COVID-19 positivity rate is higher than 10 percent for at least three days.

The cities/districts where the restrictions will remain imposed are:

  • Gilgit
  • Muzaffarabad
  • Mardan
  • Karachi
  • Hyderabad
  • Peshawar

The NCOC said that the restrictions will be reviewed again on February 21.


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