The coronavirus infections due to Omicron variant have been rising at an alarming pace as Pakistan reported 6,808 new COVID-19 cases, the second-highest daily case count since the coronavirus pandemic started in 2020, the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) data showed on Thursday.

The highest daily toll was recorded on June 13, 2020, when the country reported 6,825 coronavirus cases.

The positivity rate in the country jumped to a nine-month high on Thursday at 11.55 percent after 58,943 tests were conducted, the NCOC said.

The active cases, too, shot up and now stand at 51,094 from just 44,717 in the last 24 hours, while total death count is standing at 29,042 after five more people succumbed to the coronavirus.

The following is the positivity ration in major cities:

  • Karachi — 41%
  • Muzaffarabad — 25%
  • Hyderabad — 17.27%
  • Islamabad — 15.37%
  • Lahore — 14.25%
  • Rawalpindi — 12.75%
  • Peshawar — 11.20%

Meanwhile, the NCOC had on Wednesday revised coronavirus guidelines and SOPs for the education, restaurant, entertainment, and other sectors as Pakistan struggles to contain the spread of the Omicron variant.


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