Pakistan Reports 309 New COVID-19 Cases in Last 24 Hours


by Hamna Bano

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On Friday, the data shared by the National Institute of Health revealed that the number of COVID-19 patients in Pakistan is continuing to increase with the report of new 309 cases in a single day. The positivity rate has been observed to increase by 2% over the span of five days. NIH also declared Karachi the most affected city with COVID-19.

With the report of new 309 cases, the positivity rate has risen up to 2.22% and increasing the total count to 1,533,047. All of the fresh cases have been reported after 13,941 diagnostic test samples. Out of all these cases, a total of 80 patients are being treated in the Intensive Care Unit.

However, there is no sign or report of death in the last 24 hours.  In addition, the positivity rate in Sindh has reached 6.1% with 15.85% positivity in the city of Karachi alone. Although there has been a drop observed in the positivity rate of Karachi since Thursday from 21.23%. It is still one f the most affected cities in the country.


During this rising fear of the sixth wave of COVID-19, there has been a letter sent to the Karachi and Hyderabad commissioners by the Sindh Health Department. It directed the health department to ensure the implementation of COVID-19 SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) in the two cities.

The SOPs include mask-wearing, limiting the use of public transport by up to 70%, and checking vaccination cards. With that, the health department has also shown concerns about the fear of the spread of sub-variants of COVID-19 BA-4 and BA-5.