A health worker takes the temperature of a man who returned from Iran and is under medical observation, after Pakistan sealed its border with Iran as a preventive measure following the coronavirus outbreak, at the border post in Taftan, Pakistan February 25, 2020. REUTERS/Naseer Ahmed

Amid surge in coronavirus variant Omicron cases, Pakistan’s number of active cases crossed 90,000, the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) data showed on Thursday morning.

The coronavirus positivity rate, meanwhile, is still over 10 percent for the eighth day despite a slight decline recorded in daily numbers during the last few days, the NCOC said.

The active case count stands at 91,854.

The following is a list of cities with high positivity rate:

  • Karachi — 26.32%
  • Peshawar — 35.89%
  • Hyderabad — 22.41%
  • Rawalpindi — 12.29%
  • Lahore — 15.25%
  • Islamabad — 16.76%

According to the NCOC, 7,539 new infections were detected during the last 24 hours after 63,272 tests were conducted countrywide, which placed the country’s positivity rate at 11.91 percent.

With the detection of new cases, the number of total cases has jumped to 1.393 million. Meanwhile, 25 people succumbed to the virus, taking the nationwide death toll to 29,162.

At present, 1,240 patients are in critical care units.

As the situation is getting grave, the government has decided to make necessary arrangements before allowing citizens to get back to their normal routine and impose further restrictions in cities with high positivity ratio.


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