COVID-19 Positivity Rate Reaches 3% With 582 Fresh Cases


by Naba Batool

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According to the latest stats of NIH, the COVID-19 rate has reached 3% in Pakistan after the detection of the fresh case in the last 24 hours. The laboratories conducted 19,389 tests, out of which 582 came out positive.

BA5, which is part of the Omicron family, is one of the latest coronavirus variants to cause global infections. WHO, in a report, stated that BA5 is the reason behind the recent spike of cases in June. BA5 was the premium virus behind 52% of the cases. This virus has known to cause 65% of the infections in the United States alone.


According to the data of WHO, this variant of COVID-19 is not new. It has been around since January, and WHO has kept it under the radar since April. BA5 is considered to be a sister variant of Omicron. These viruses are known to cause infections in countries even with reduced testing facilities. The virus was first found in South Africa, then the cases were reported in the UK, Europe, and other parts of Australia.

The data also claimed that the cases have been spiking for four weeks around the globe because of the reduced stress on SOP.

Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s technical lead on COVID-19, said that “BA5 has a growth advantage over the other sublineages of Omicron that are circulating,”. Gregory Poland, who is a virologist and a vaccine researcher, also said that “We have ample evidence that people who’ve been infected with Omicron are getting infected with BA5. No question about it.”