Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar has revealed that the national positivity rate of Covid-19 cases was 2.37 per cent yesterday, the highest in more than 50 days. In a tweet, the minister noted that the last time this level was seen was on August 23. He further added that the average number of deaths recorded this week so far were 11 per day, the highest since August 10. The minister warned that these were all “unmistakable signs” of coronavirus being on the rise.
In a second tweet, the federal minister said the number of positive cases was extremely high in Muzaffarabad, continues to remain high in Karachi and was also on the rise in Lahore and Islamabad.
“Time for all of us to take Covid SOPs seriously again,” he said, warning that the government would have to otherwise take restrictive actions in the country, that could have “negative effects on peoples livelihoods”.