For the fourth day in a row, Pakistan’s COVID-19 positivity rate was less than 7%, according to official statistics released Saturday morning.
In the past 24 hours, 64,053 COVID-19 tests were performed across the country, with 3,980 of them returning positive, according to the National Command and Operation Centre. This week, the country has seen an average of fewer than 4,000 daily infections.
The percentage of positive cases in the previous 24 hours, according to the official site, was 6.21 percent. Pakistan’s positivity rate has been below 7% on 10 of the last 12 days since August 24.
COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 26,114 individuals in the country, after 79 people died from the virus, bringing the overall number of cases to 1,175,558.
Pakistan is reporting an average of 3,885 new infections each day, which is 66 percent more than the peak – the highest daily average since June 17.
So far, the country has sent out at least 59,384,758 doses of the COVID vaccine. Assuming that each individual requires two doses, it will be enough to vaccinate 13.7 percent of the country’s population.
Pakistan gave an average of 1,072,051 dosages per day over the latest week reported. At this pace, administering enough dosages for another 10% of the population will take another 41 days.
The district administration of the federal capital has once again tightened restrictions amid a surge in Covid-19 cases.
Deputy Commissioner Hamza Shafqat in a tweet said that measures have been taken keeping in view the increasing pressure on hospitals and control the spread of the infection.
He announced that schools, inter-city transportation, and indoor gyms will remain closed from September 4 to 12.
The deputy commissioner said that there will also be a ban on all indoor and outdoor gatherings during the same period.
Earlier in the day, Punjab Education Minister Murad Raas has stated on Twitter that the provincial government has decided to shut schools for six days starting Monday owing to the increasing COVID-19 situation.
“All Public & Private Schools of Punjab to be closed from September 6th to September 11th, 2021 due to COVID 19 conditions,” the minister tweeted.
Murad Raas emphasized the need of following COVID-19 SOP. “Please stay home and stay safe. Protect yourself and your families.”
Pakistan’s COVID-19 graph has been exhibiting a downward trend this week, with the country registering fewer than 4,000 daily infections.
The South Asian country added 3,787 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 1,171,578, according to statistics from the National Command and Operation Centre on Friday morning.
For the last three days, the number of active COVID-19 cases has also been decreasing. The number of active cases dropped to 90,076 on Friday.
The positivity rate was recorded at 6.33%.