Over 7,000 cases reported in one day as the nation imposes new restrictions to curb the rapidly expanding Omicron variant.
Pakistan reported more than 7,000 cases of COVID-19 in one day, its highest daily number of infections since the pandemic began, as the South Asian nation imposed new restrictions to curb the rapidly spreading Omicron variant.
At least 7,678 cases in the last 24 hours have increased the positivity rate to 12.93 percent – the highest in two years – while 23 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours, according to the National Command Operations Center (NCOC). , which observed the pandemic response on Friday.
Karachi, the country’s largest city, recorded its highest positivity rate of 46.58 percent in the last 24 hours.
“Against the background of the growing trend of the disease throughout the country, a ban on indoor eating in cities / districts with a positivity of more than 10 percent has been imposed since January 21,” a statement issued by the NCOC said.
The government has allowed booster vaccinations for citizens over the age of 30. Vaccination of children over 12 years of age is mandatory for school attendance and children under 12 years of age will attend school at 50 percent attendance.
“We can see a peak in two weeks, followed by a gradual decline,” Faisal Mahmoud, an associate professor of infectious diseases at Aga Khan University Hospital, told Geo TV on Friday morning.
He said the number of hospitalizations was rising, citing the ongoing wedding season for the rapid spread of the virus.
About 70 million people in Pakistan, or 32 percent of the population, have received two doses of the vaccine.
The number of infected is lower than in other countries, such as neighboring India, but Pakistan tests 50,000 to 60,000 people a day with a population of 220 million compared to India, where about 1.9 million tests are performed daily.