Pakistan reports highest single day covid cases since September 2021


ISLAMABAD – Pakistan on Wednesday recorded over 2,000 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, the highest single-day cases since September 23, as the country is facing an Omicron-fuelled fight wave of the pandemic.

According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), a total of 2,074 new cases were logged in the last 24 hours as compared to 2,233 recorded on Sept 23.

The country recorded 10 deaths due to Covid-19 as fatalities also surged to double digits for the first time since December 21.

The positivity rate was recorded at 4.7 percent while the number of active cases increased to over 20,000 while 628 patients were in critical care.

NCOC data also showed Karachi is emerging as the epicentre during the fifth wave.

A day earlier, Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar said that Pakistan surpassed the milestone of administering at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine to over 100 million people.

“Of these [100m people], nearly 75m are fully vaccinated, which is 33pc of total population and 49pc of eligible population. Work is not complete yet. Need to keep the momentum going,” an NCOC statement had stated.

In a tweet on Tuesday, he said nearly seventy five million are fully vaccinated.

Describing it as another major milestone in the vaccination campaign, he however, said work is not complete yet and there is a need to keep the momentum going.

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