Growing alarm as corona positivity rate rises to 5.36pc

Staff Reporter

With the steady increase in coronavirus cases in Pakistan during the past few weeks, the coronavirus positivity rate has shot up to 5.36%, with daily cases in Pakistan crossing the 2,000-mark for the first time since January 29 on Thursday.

Another 53 deaths from coronavirus have been reported while 2,258 new cases have emerged during the past 24 hours.

According to coronavirus statistics shared by the government, about 42,164 coronavirus tests were conducted across the country in the last 24 hours, out of which 2,258 people were tested positive.

According to the official portal, the number of deaths from coronavirus in the country has risen to 13,377, whereas, the total number of cases has climbed up to 597,497. The number of active cases across the country stands at 17,627 as of today.

In addition, 1,276 patients have recovered from the virus across the country during the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries to 566,492.

The alarming surge in virus cases was reported after the government decided to loosen some coronavirus restrictions last month.

Authorities had taken the decision after carefully reviewing existing non-pharmaceutical interventions or measures to treat Covid-19 other than medical treatment).

However, due to fears of a third wave of coronavirus, the government yesterday decided to put most of the restrictions back in place after a National Command and Operation Centre meeting.