The fifth wave of coronavirus continues to rise in Pakistan as the positivity rate went past 12 percent and the number of active cases remained above 100,000 for the second successive day, National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) data showed on Sunday morning.

According to NCOC, 7,978 new infections were detected in the last 24 hours after 64,016 tests were conducted across Pakistan.

The new cases pushed the countrywide positivity ratio to 12.46 percent and the current number of active cases stands at 100,005. The number of overall positive cases reported so far jumped to 1,417,991.

The first time Pakistan’s active case count crossed the hundred thousand mark was on Saturday, when the country reported 104,095 cases, as per the NCOC.

However, the tally was lowered as 12,019 patients suffering from COVID-19 recuperated overnight.

Meanwhile, 29 patients succumbed to the coronavirus during the last 24 hours, taking the country’s COVID-19 death toll to 29,248.

Earlier, the NCOC had extended coronavirus curbs in the country from January 31 till February 15, as thousands continue to contract the infection amid a spread of the Omicron variant.

The NCOC had imposed non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) on January 19, which were to be reviewed on January 27 in light of the COVID-19 situation in the country.

The restrictions for the wedding sector were already imposed till Feb 15.


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