The coronavirus pandemic situation in Pakistan improved further as positivity rate fell to 2.51 percent in the last 24 hours and the country reported only 961 new infections, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) data showed on Tuesday morning.

The NCOC said that the new cases surfaced after it conducted 38,139 tests countrywide during the last 24 hours.

The new cases pushed Pakistan’s overall case count to 1,502,641. However, the active cases witnessed a further decline as 2,393 patients recovered, pushing the country’s active case count down to 66,227.

Meanwhile, the country’s daily death count also dropped to 13, the lowest since January 24, when Pakistan reported only eight COVID-19 related deaths in a day.

The latest additions placed the total number of deaths Pakistan has reported since the pandemic started to 30,053. 

RESTRICTIONS: The NCOC has, in the meanwhile, relaxed coronavirus related restrictions in all but three cities due to the low positivity rate across the country.

The NCOC reviewed the overall situation in a meeting and decided to keep restrictions in place in cities of Gilgit, Mardan and Muzaffarabad where positivity rate is still 10 percent.

The NCOC has issued a notification of relaxation in restrictions in all other cities.

Following the easing of restrictions, it has been decided to increase the occupancy in public transport to 80 percent and in trains to full capacity. However, the ban on serving beverage in public transport and domestic flights and will remain in force till February 28.

According to the notification, the number of participants in indoor gatherings has been increased from 300 to 500 in all the cities except the three cities with high positivity rate.


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