Islamabad, Oct 15 (PTI) Pakistan’s positivity rate has increased to its highest in more than 50 days, Planning minister Asad Umar said on Thursday.
Umar, who is the chief of National Command and Control Centre (NCOC) to combat the pandemic, also said that the cases of coronavirus was going up in the country despite attempts to bring it down.
“The positivity rate in the country was highest in more than 50 days and indicated a stark warning that the coronavirus was spreading,” Umar said in a tweet.
He said the national positivity of COVID-19 cases was 2.37 per cent on Wednesday.
“This is the highest positivity in more than 50 days. Last time this level was seen on August 23. First 4 days of this week COVID-19 deaths average is 11 per day…highest since week of August 10th. Unmistakable signs of rise of corona,” according to the tweet.
In another tweet, he pointed out the areas where the positivity rate was high and asked people to follow official guidelines.
“COVID positivity is extremely high in Karachi, rising in Lahore and Islamabad too. Time for all of us to take COVID SoP's seriously again. Otherwise, unfortunately we may have to take restrictive actions which have negative effects on peoples’ livelihoods,” he said.
The warning came as the number of coronavirus patients reached 312,218 in the country after 756 new cases were added in the last 24 hours, according to the Ministry of National Health Services.
At least 13 patients died in this period, taking the death toll due to COVID-19 to 6,6,14, while 533 patients were in critical conditions. The ministry said that 305,395 people fully recovered so far. PTI SH RUP RUP RUP