Pakistan’s virus positivity ratio surpasses 7.36% | Citizens over 18 now eligible for anti-Covid booster jab: NCOC

Pakistan’s virus positivity ratio surpasses 7.36% | Citizens over 18 now eligible for anti-Covid booster jab: NCOC

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD/KARACHI: Pakistan on the consecutive second day reported a surge in the COVID-19 cases as the country registered 3,567 fresh pandemic cases over the last 24 hours.
According to the latest figures shared by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), a total of 48,449 samples were tested during this period, out of which 3,567 turned out to be positive, showing the national positivity rate of 7.36 per cent as compared to yesterday’s 6.12%.
The death toll from the pandemic climbed to 28,999 after seven more patients succumbed to the viral disease in the past 24 hours. The number of coronavirus patients in critical care in various hospitals across the country has seen a surge and currently stands at 675.
The fifth wave of coronavirus cases led by Omicron strain pushed positivity rate in Karachi to 20.45 percent. The ratio of positive cases in Lahore has reached 10.70 percent, Islamabad 6.3 percent and Rawalpindi 7.35 percent, while no cases reported in Muzaffarabad, Diamer, Skardu and Jhelum, while 5.88 percent positive cases detected in Gilgit in 24 hours.
The National Command and Operation Centre announced on Friday that citizens over 18 years old will be eligible for a free anti-Covid booster dose of their choice from tomorrow onwards. “Age limit for booster dose has been further reduced. Booster (one dose) will be administered after 6 months gap from complete vaccination,” the NOOC said in a tweet. Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah said Friday the decision to impose a lockdown and close educational institutions will be taken in line with the NCOC recommendations. CM Shah, speaking to journalists in Karachi, said coronavirus cases were spreading at a rapid pace, but the situation was under control as hospitalisations and patients in intensive care units (ICU) in the port city were less. The Sindh CM highlighted that Karachi reported its highest number of COVID-19 cases a day earlier, but insisted that the pressure on hospitals is not increasing. “Whatever strategy we adopt, it will be in consultation with NCOC,” he reiterated.