PESHAWAR: Spike has been witnessed in coronavirus positivity rate in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and rest of the country after which the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) issued a warning of fresh lockdown if precautionary measures were not adopted.

According to latest data, 6,702 people have died of the disease in Pakistan so far, while 325,000 have contracted the disease and 309,136 have recovered.

On Wednesday, 462 more people recovered from coronavirus in Pakistan. According to the database, 591 virus patients are in critical condition.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 63 new cases have been confirmed during the last 24 hours, taking the total to 38,708.

According to latest update of the KP Health Department, no new death was reported during the last 24 hours in KP, keeping the total at 1,265. As many as 53 more patients have recovered, taking the total tally to 37,017. Active cases in the province are 426.

In Punjab, 171 new cases and four more fatalities were reported on Wednesday.

The total number of confirmed cases in Punjab is now 102,107 and the death toll stands at 2,323. As many as 97,289 patients have recovered in the province so far.

In the federal capital, death toll from COVID-19 has risen to 201 after it reported two more fatalities during the last 24 hours. Islamabad also reported 129 new coronavirus cases, taking its total to 18,438.

Gilgit-Baltistan reported 16 new infections, while Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) confirmed 75 cases, taking their tallies to 4,107 and 3,639, respectively.

In an alarming development, Pakistan has reached a coronavirus positivity rate of 2.58 percnet, the highest in over two months.

Official data shows that 28,534 samples were taken on Wednesday and 736 came back as positive.

Officials have expressed concern over the rising positivity ratio in the country, even though it is still below the 5 percent threshold set by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Officials said the situation may go from bad to worse quickly if standard operating procedures (SOPs) were not observed.

“The NCOC is closely monitoring the situation. If there is no improvement in SOPs compliance, NCOC will have no choice but to revert to strict measures leading to re-closures of services,” the NCOC said in a statement.

For the last three days, Pakistan had been reporting deaths in double digits every day.



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