Pakistan recorded more than 4,000 new cases for the third consecutive day in the last 24 hours which is the highest daily tally since August 25 last year as health officials feared fifth wave of coronavirus in the country would peak in the middle of next month.
According to the National Command and Operation Centre’s (NCOC) data released on Monday morning, as many as 4,340 new cases were recorded in the last 24 hours after 49,809 tests. The active case count in the country stood at 35,884.
Pakistan’s active coronavirus cases jumped past 35,000 for the first time since October 15, 2021.
Seven deaths due to COVID-19 pushed the toll to 29,019, the NCOC’s data showed.
The positivity ratio went up to 8.71 percent and the overall cases have reached 1.328 million, while the recoveries stand at 1.26 million.
Meanwhile, the NCOC is meeting today to assess the latest situation as Omicron variant of coronavirus is spreading and discuss a new set of SOPs with its focus on schools and the education sector as a whole, public gatherings, marriage ceremonies, indoor/outdoor dining, and the transport sector.
KARACHI SITUATION: The infection rate in Karachi almost reached 40 per cent mark on Sunday as the developing situation sent shockwaves through the medical fraternity, which believed that the fifth wave of coronavirus would peak in the middle of the next month.
The health department said in an advisory that the infection rate reached 39.39 percent in Karachi during the last 24 hours. It said about 95 percent of the reported cases were of the Omicron variant.
Meanwhile, senior paediatrician Prof Dr Salahuddin Sheikh’s died due to coronavirus.
The news of the death came with reports of growing numbers of Covid-19 patients in the medical fraternity.
The health officials claimed that more than 500 health workers of the city had recently been infected with coronavirus and with this pace the health system of the metropolis could come under serious pressure.