Number of COVID patients on the rise; fears of another wave in Sindh

Highest positivity ratio of 15.85pc in Karachi and 4.76pc in Mardan

The positivity ratio of COVID-19 in Pakistan is on the rise again with 2.22 percent positivity compared with 2.14 percent on the previous day.

The positivity ratio in Karachi has been reported as 15.85 percent, while the ratio in Sindh climbed to 6.1 percent. Compared with last day’s rate, Karachi has shown significant decrease in positivity but it still has the highest ratio of COVID-affected patients in Pakistan. Mardan, with 4.76 percent, is the second most affected city of the country in terms of positivity ratio.

No death has been reported in the country due to COVID-19 in the previous day. The Sindh Health Department has expressed fear of the spread of BA-5 and BA-4 COVID variants.

According to NIH, after three months, the positivity ratio in Pakistan has reached a value of 2.22 percent.

The message shared by NIH on social media states that a total of 13.941 tests were taken in the last 24 hours, out of which 309 patients were tested positive.

The data of NIH shows that 80 patients in the country are critical that are being treated in the intensive care units (ICU).

Due to rising cases, the fears of another COVID wave in Sindh have forced the Sindh Health Department to take preemptive measures. Commissioners of Karachi and Hyderabad, the two major cities of province, have been directed to ensure implementation of SOPs including masks, social distancing, vaccination checks along with limited transport occupancy.