COVID-19: Risks of new wave as Karachi registers 21pc positivity

One death reported in last 24 hours, 75 patients being treated in ICUs

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One death has been reported due to COVID-19 as the positivity ratio in the country is again on the rise with Karachi seeing the highest ratio in Pakistan.

National Institute of Health (NIH) has issued its today’s data about the spread of the virus in the country. According to NIH, after three months, the positivity ratio in Pakistan has crossed two percent, reaching a value of 2.14 percent.

Karachi has shown the highest positivity ratio for COVID-19 cases, where the positivity ratio has reached 21.23 percent. Out of 650 tested samples in the metropolis, 138 were detected with new infections.

The NIH has said that a total of 12,513 tests were taken in the last 24 hours, out of which 268 patients tested positive.

The data from NIH shows that 75 patients in the country are critical and being treated in intensive care units (ICU).

Talking about the current situation in Pakistan, Dr. Zafar Mirza, former head of the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC), has said that the spread of the virus in the country was not alarming, but the positivity ratio in Karachi was too high.

He said that implementation of SOPs along with data collection, increased testing and other focused actions could help curb the spread of the virus effectively.