NCOC made fully functional again amid rising COVID cases

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The National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) has been made fully functional again amid rising positive cases of COVID-19, with more than 500 cases reported on Wednesday.

The National Institute of Health’s (NIH) data for the previous 24 hours has shown that a total of 541 new COVID-19 infections have been reported with a positivity ratio of 3.50 percent. One death was reported whereas the number of critical patients admitted in the Intensive Care Units (ICU) has reached 100.

The positivity rate showed an upward trend of 3.50 percent on Wednesday against Tuesday’s positivity of 2.4 percent.

The federal government on Wednesday decided to fully activate the corona virus watchdog in the wake of rising infections. The NCOC meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif who directed to activate the forum to curb the rising trend of infections.

The provincial and district authorities were ordered to implement the measures and SOPs to stop the spread.

NIH has said that a total of 15,462 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. So far, the death toll of the country is 30,392 with a total case count of 1.53 million whereas 5,269 active cases are reported at the moment.

Sindh with 9.1 percent positivity rate has the highest ratio of infection whereas the ratio is 1.35 percent in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 1.31 percent in Punjab, 3.03 percent in Islamabad and 2.88 percent in Azad Kashmir.

It is important to mention that NCOC, that was formulated to collect, analyze and process information of the virus throughout the country in March 2020, was made dysfunctional in 2021 after Pakistan had almost eliminated the spread of virus.

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