Pakistan sees modest drop in daily COVID-19 case count and positivity rate

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  • Pakistan reports 9.65% COVID-19 positivity and 5,327 new cases overnight.
  • New cases put the total number of confirmed cases in Pakistan at 1,430,366.
  • 32 more people succumb to the coronavirus, bringing the country’s COVID-19 death toll to 29,301.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan reported a COVID-19 positivity rate below 10% for the first time since January 19, data from the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) showed Tuesday morning. However, the number of active cases in the country remained above 100,000 for the fourth straight day.

The country’s daily caseload also saw a fall over the past 24 hours, according to statistics released by the NCOC, as just 5,327 out of 55,202 diagnostic tests conducted nationwide came back positive. With this drop, Pakistan’s COVID-19 positivity rate dropped to 9.65%.

On January 19, the positivity rate was 9.48%.

However, due to the new infections, Pakistan’s confirmed case count stood at 1,430,366 while the number of active cases stood at 105,675.

Meanwhile, 32 more people succumbed to the coronavirus, bringing the death toll from COVID-19 in Pakistan to 29,301.

The NCOC has extended coronavirus restrictions in the country from January 31 to February 15 as thousands continue to contract the infection as the omicron variant spreads.

The forum had imposed non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) on January 19, which were due to be reviewed on January 27 given the COVID-19 situation in the country.

The wedding sector restrictions have already been imposed until February 15.

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