Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr Faisal Sultan has said that the spike in the cases of the Omicron-driven fifth wave of Covid-19 has slightly fallen.

According to the National Command and Operation (NCOC), Pakistan reported only 4,874 new cases during the last 24 hours, the number of new cases was 6,137 a day ago.

As per NCOC data issued on Sunday, 56,051 tests were performed during the last 24 hours. The decline in the daily COVID-19 case count pushed the positivity ratio down to 8.69 percent and active cases to 90,797 in a single day. 

However, the total number of coronavirus cases rose to 1,459,773.

The countrywide COVID-19 death tally was placed at 29,478 as 30 more people succumbed to the virus in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, Dr Faisal said that the fall in the number of new cases cannot be called a declining trend, adding that the graph of cases has just straightened.

“After a sudden spike in cases, the graph has straightened, but we cannot say that the wave has declined. It has happened due to five reasons or steps taken by the government from the platform of the NCOC,” he said.

“The first reason is that every pandemic has a natural cycle, and it declines after some time. Other factors are steps taken by NCOC, such as ban on indoor weddings that had become a major cause of the spread of the virus. Other reasons included segregated classes in educational institutions and curbs in other sectors, such as transport,” he said.

The fifth step, he added, was the vaccination of a large number of people which helped in reducing the cases of hospitalisation.


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