Government to Accelerate Testing with Sudden Increase in COVID-19 Cases


by Hamna Bano

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After a gap of two and a half months, a sudden report of 200 COVID-19 cases has got the authorities concerned. On Wednesday, the provincial and federal authorities gathered at the National Command and Operation Center to discuss this shift in the situation.

During the meeting it was made sure that the vaccination process is speed up, as it is the only reliable cure against the virus. It was also discussed that the number of testings that had decreased five-folds in the last few months will be increased. This is to make sure of the actual positive cases in Pakistan.


While giving an overview of the situation and vaccination status, National Coordinator Major General Ikram said that, "85 percent of the eligible population has been fully vaccinated and 93 percent has been partially vaccinated. Besides, 100 percent of the eligible population in Sindh has been fully vaccinated."

Leading the meeting, Federal Minister of National Health Services Abdul Qadir Patel advised all regions and provinces to get people the booster dose on priority basis. He added that it will improve protection against further transmission.

He further said, "keeping in view the current pandemic situation, the national positivity was below 2 percent, which was credited to the healthcare system and stakeholders. Still, there was a need to remain alert and vigilant about the situation."

"In view of the global pandemic situation, the Central Health Establishment (CHE) should strictly monitor the health status of incoming passengers at points of entries. The CHE will be strengthened to enhance the functionality,” he added.

According to NCOC, the positivity rate in Karachi has risen up to 15.44 pc. Other cities like Muzaffarabad, Nowshera, Islamabad, Mardan and Lahore stand at the 2pc positivity as of now.