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Pakistan’s Covid-19 positivity ratio drops blow 5%

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s coronavirus positivity rate dropped under 5% after over a month as only 2,465 new infections surfaced in the last 24 hours, National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) data showed Wednesday morning.

However, a rise in daily Covid-19 death count was reported as 49 more patients succumbed to the virus overnight, placing the total number of deaths at 29,877.

Meanwhile, country’s active case count stands at 73,029 and the overall case count at 1,491,423.

According to NCOC, 2,465 people were found infected with coronavirus after 49,553 diagnostic tests were conducted countrywide. The decline in fresh cases pushed the country’s coronavirus positivity rate down to 4.97%.

Covid-19 restrictions extended in six cities till Feb 21

After witnessing a drop in the positivity ratio of COVID-19 in the country, the NCOC on Tuesday decided to extend the already enforced coronavirus curbs only in the cities with COVID-19 positivity rate higher than 10% till February 21.

The forum reviewed the overall coronavirus situation in the country and cities with high disease prevalence in detail and announced to keep the coronavirus-related restrictions in place in the cities and districts where the Covid-19 positivity rate is higher than 10% for at least three days.

Meanwhile, The provincial government of Sindh on Wednesday notified the extension in the already imposed ban on indoor wedding events and gatherings in Karachi and Hyderabad till February 21, as directed by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC).

The Home Department’s notification for the extension comes a day after the NCOC’s decision to keep the restrictions, initially enforced on January 19, in place in the cities and districts with COVID-19 positivity rate higher than 10%.

The notification stated that the indoor dining and wedding events/gatherings will remain restricted with various other curbs in Karachi and Hyderabad till February 21.

Meanwhile, the outdoor dining and outdoor wedding events/gatherings will be allowed in the two cities with a maximum of 300 fully-vaccinated guests.

Karachi, with 10.67% positivity rate, and Hyderabad with 12.21%, as of Tuesday, were listed among four other cities with over 10% positivity.

However, the latest stats showed that Karachi reported 8.47% and Hyderabad reported 5.67% positivity on Wednesday.

Covid-19 restrictions extended in six cities till Feb 21

After witnessing a drop in the positivity ratio of Covid-19 in the country, the NCOC on Tuesday announced to extend the coronavirus curbs only in the cities with Covid-19 positivity rate higher than 10% for at least three days.

The NCOC had directed all the concerned authorities to notify about the extension of restrictions at priority.

The cities/districts where the restrictions will remain imposed are as follows:

Gilgit

Muzaffarabad

Mardan

Karachi

Hyderabad

Peshawar The forum said that the restrictions will be reviewed again on February 21 and a decision to further extend or lift the curbs will be taken in accordance with the situation.

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