Pakistan’s COVID-19 positivity ratio remained above 10 percent for the seventh successive day, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) data showed Wednesday morning.

The country recorded a positivity rate of 10.17 percent as 5,196 new coronavirus cases were recorded after 51,063 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, NCOC said. The overall positivity rate and daily COVID-19 case count, however, has registered a decline in the last two days.

The number of total cases has jumped to 1.386 million, while 15 more patients succumbed to the coronavirus, taking the death toll to 29,137, the NCOC stats showed.

The federal government has decided to control the COVID-19 situation before allowing citizens to get back to their normal routine and impose further restrictions in cities with a positivity ratio higher than 10 percent.

The following is the list of cities with more than 10 percent positivity ratio:

  • Karachi — 40.91%
  • Peshawar — 27.99%
  • Muzaffarabad — 26.89%
  • Hyderabad — 26.54%
  • Rawalpindi — 13.09%
  • Mardan — 12.59%
  • Lahore — 11.30%
  • Nowshera — 10.89%
  • Islamabad — 10.59%
  • Abbottabad — 10.61%

The NCOC data shows that more than 66 million doses of seven vaccines of Covid-19 are available across the country and more than 20 million people are yet to receive second jab.

Overall 172 million doses of vaccines have been administered in Pakistan. As many as 103 million people have received at least one dose of whom over 80 million have been fully vaccinated and over 2 million have received booster shots.

Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) issued a notification last night asking the airport staff across the country to wear masks amid rise in cases due to the Omicron variant of coronavirus.

The notification said staff members and passengers would not be allowed inside the airport premises without wearing masks.


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