Pakistan’s COVID positivity ratio climbs to 1.3% after 152 new cases

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Pakistan’s COVID-19 positivity rate jumped to 1.3 percent after 152 new cases were detected in the country, the National Institute of Health said on Sunday.

The positivity ratio has seen a steady increase over the past three days, from 0.86% on June 17 to 1.17% the day before.

According to new statistics released by the institute, 11,663 tests were carried out in the past 24 hours.

The NIH said 58 patients are in intensive care, while the government COVID dashboard set the number to 55.

No deaths from the virus have occurred in the past 24 hours, the institute reported. One death was last reported by the government dashboard on June 16.

Pakistan has so far recorded 30,383 deaths from COVID-19. The number of deaths has been generally declining since the last record high of 56 recorded on September 30, 2021. The total number of cases in the country, according to the government dashboard, is 1,531,982.

The number of cases was perceived to have decreased in the country, but new reports have surfaced indicating the opposite.

In Islamabad, the district health official reported a “continuous increase” in the number of patients.

The positivity rate in the capital currently stands at 4.10 percent, the DHO said, adding that 1,098 tests were carried out in the past 24 hours, which revealed that 45 people were infected.

A day earlier, the positivity rate in Islamabad was 3.06% after 48 more cases were recorded, according to district health officials.

Sallie R. Loera