Pakistan sees alarming rise in Covid cases

Staff Reporter

Pakistan has reported the highest coronavirus positivity ratio at 4.09% in the last 24 hours since May 30, which was at 4.05%, as per data from the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC).

As many as 1,980 coronavirus cases have been detected from 48,382 tests conducted across the country in the last 24 hours, the NCOC said as it shared the daily statistics.

Twenty-seven deaths occurred in the last 24 hours, with the most recorded in Sindh followed by Khyber Pakhtunkwa, according to the NCOC’s data.

Out of the 27 people who lost their lives, 16 died on ventilators. The country has recorded a total of 973,284 cases, 22,582 deaths, 913,203 recoveries, the NCOC said, adding that there were 37,499 active cases.

According to a province-wise breakdown, the total cases reported in Sindh so far are 346,360, Punjab 348,085, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 139,313, in Islamabad Capital Territory 83,647, in Balochistan 27,961, in Gilgit-Baltistan 6,851, and Azad Jammu and Kashmir 21,067.

The National Command and Operation Centre on Sunday initiated special measures to strictly implement SOPs in all high risk sectors and made vaccination certificate mandatory for tourists’ hotel bookings in AJK and Northern Areas.

The National Command and Operation Centre taking serious note of deadly Covid-19 virus strains prevailing in the country, also violations of standard operating procedures to prevent Covid-19 and the risk of pandemic spread in view of the arrival of Eid-ul-Azha.

The Forum has declared vaccination mandatory for hotel bookings for tourists visiting Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The Forum has issued an elaborate procedure for verification of vaccine certificate at the entrances of tourist sites and hotels.

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