COVID-19 continues to spread across the country, causing alarm ahead of the Eid and upcoming political activities, especially in Punjab owing to the by-elections.
National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) has issued guidelines in the wake of the upcoming religious activities including Eid-ul-Azha, Muharram and political activities including by-elections to avoid the spread of the virus.
On Thursday, Pakistan recorded nine deaths followed by 872 new cases of the virus during the last 24 hours.
According to data of National Institute of Health (NIH), the positivity ratio of the country remained at 3.77 percent with 165 patients on critical care. A total of 23,125 tests were conducted in Pakistan as per NIH’s COVID-19 stats for July 7.
National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) has advised the Pakistanis willing to travel during Eid holidays to strictly adhere to the SOPs. All the tourists have been advised to get vaccinated, while already vaccinated have been advised to get booster shots.
Earlier, the US government through US Agency for International Development (USAID) had donated four mobile laboratories to Pakistan. The mobile labs have been donated to strengthen the testing capacity. US ambassador Donald Blome, Federal Health Minister Abdul Qadir Patel and health ministry officials were present in the ceremony.
The main cause behind the virus spread has been the new variants, BA-4 and BA-5, of the Omicron variant. Health experts have told that already vaccinated people are also getting infected by the virus.