Pakistan logs 650 new Covid cases


Pakistan on Sunday logged 650 Covid-19 cases, lower than the 818 infections recorded the previous day, official data showed.

The countrywide positivity ratio, at 3.88 per cent, was also down from 4.47pc a day prior. According to the NIH, 16,755 tests were conducted during the last 24 hours. In addition, 138 patients were in critical care, up from 126 a day earlier.

Sharing the citywide breakdown, the NIH data showed Swabi has the highest Covid positivity ratio at 42.8pc, followed by Karachi’s 21.3 per cent. It is noteworthy that the number of tests carried out in Swabi were only seven, out of which three were positives. On the other hand, there were 2,030 tests carried out in Karachi, out of which 430 turned up positive.

Other cities’ test positivity ratios remained in the single digits, with 7pc in Muzaffarabad; 3.7pc in Abbottabad; 3pc in Peshawar; 2.8pc in Quetta; 2.5pc in Islamabad; 2.3pc in Nowshera and 2.17pc in Lahore. Earlier in a statement, federal Health Minister Abdul Qadir Patel had said that the government was taking several measures to control the surge in cases.


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