COVID-19 Strikes Back as Positivity Rate Stands at 1.53% - NIH


by Naba Batool

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According to the latest reports from NIH, after nearly a five-month hiatus since the last covid-19 strike, Pakistan is on the verge of acquiring serious cases of this global pandemic. The positivity rate of the nation currently stands at 1.53%.

The National Institute of Health has also confirmed 204 more cases of covid-19 in the last 24 hours. The cases were confirmed after 13,300 tests were conducted on a national scale.

The data further communicated that 66 patients are currently in ICU because of the severity of the disease.


The stats of NCOC has declared that the country was previously struggling from the fifth wave of the deadly pandemic till January 27th with the highest number of cases, 7,963 being reported on the mentioned date.

The health department of Karachi is notifying the national organization of the sudden spike in the covid-19 cases with 340 reported cases in the previous week. All this culminates into a provincial positivity rate of 10.69%.

According to Dr. Faisal Mahmood who is an associate professor of infectious diseases at Aga Khan University said the sudden rise in cases can be because of a number of factors.  He further went on to say that:

"The introduction of the new variant BA.4 and BA.5, which can cause reinfections, increased travel — especially to Saudi Arabia for Umrah and Turkey for vacations — as well as the fact that six months have passed since the last booster, and that people have stopped wearing masks.”

He also raised concerns about the latest testing approaches of the general public. If people are catering to all such testing kits at home then the chances of far more positive cases are in the pipeline.