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COVID-19 Positivity Rate Reaches Five-Month High in Pakistan

Author: Hamna Bano
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The positivity rate of COVID-19 reaches up to 5.46% making it the highest in the last five months.

On Tuesday morning, the National Institute of Health (NIH) reported that the positivity rate of COVID-19 has reached 5.46% after five months. The last time such a high positivity rate was recorded on February 17. The positivity rate was observed to be 5.55% that day and the death count was 40 at that time.

According to the data issued by NIH, 4674 diagnostic tests have been conducted in the last 24 hours out of which 255 came out positive. The number of critical patients being treated in the ICU at different medical facilities is 141.

 

The NIH data revealed that only one COVID-19 death has been reported in the country during the last 24 hours taking the total death count to 30,424. The experts are blaming the two sub-variants BA.4 AND BA.5 for the increase in cases.  It was added that these variants have escape mutations that are giving them the edge.

Experts say that “the sub-variants have also been infecting people who are already vaccinated or have already been infected with Covid-19, but no evidence is available to show if they are causing any severe disease among the vaccinated people.”

With the onset of this new wave of COVID-19, experts have recommended wearing masks indoors in cities where the ratio is above 5%. They also stressed a vigilant watch on the testings with great surveillance. They also emphasized vaccination and taking boosters with the rising risk of the cases specified in urban areas.