Pakistan: COVID-19 positivity rate down to all-time low of 2.2% in Islamabad

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Pakistan’s COVID-19 positivity remained less than 5 per cent for the third consecutive day today as the country recorded 2,726 new cases and 75 deaths in the last twenty-four hours. Image Credit: Supplied

Islamabad: Pakistan’s COVID-19 positivity rate remained less than 5 per cent for the third consecutive day as the country recorded 2,726 new cases and 75 deaths in the last twenty-four hours.

According to the National Command & Operation Centre (NCOC) Pakistan’s positivity rate of COVID-19 was 4.34 per cent after 62,706 tests conducted in the last twenty-four hours.

With these latest figures, Pakistan’s total number of COVID-19 cases climbed to 911,302 while the country’s death toll stood at 20,540.

The active cases too have reduced from 60,295 to 59,018 in the last twenty-four hours, the NCOC data further reveals.

6 million vaccinated

The NCOC statistics reveal that so far, 6,130,509 vaccines (complete two doses) have been administered while more than 200,000 persons are being administered jabs, first or second.

In the last twenty-four hours, 287,109 doses were administered, according to the NCOC.

The strict restrictions imposed in Sindh and Punjab during the recent lockdown have started yielding results and the Punjab recorded around 3 per cent positivity rate on Thursday with 24 persons dying in the last twenty-four hours.

According to the Punjab Secondary Health Department (PSHD) 24,914 tests were conducted in the last twenty-four hours showing 758 new cases added to the province’s single-day cases.

In Lahore, too, the positivity remained 3 per cent with 307 cases reported in the last twenty-four hours.

Similarly, in Sindh the situation is getting better as the province recorded 1,293 new cases and 24 deaths in the last twenty-four hours, while a week ago, on May 21, the single-day cases were 2,136.

Positive cases

Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah while presiding over a meeting said that the strict measures had helped in decreasing the rate of the positive cases in Sindh this week.

The federal capital on Thursday recorded 2.2 per cent COVID-19 positivity, all time low since the virus outbreak. In the last twenty-four hours, the city recorded 113 new cases and three deaths.

According to Deputy Commissioner of Islamabad, Hamza Shafqaat the district health department has been asked to vaccinate more than half the population of the federal capital.

About a number of misleading messages and videos gone viral on social media regarding efficacy of certain vaccines and others, he said there was no truth in them. They are fake and those who were spreading such rumours were the enemies of Pakistan, the DC further said.