PESHAWAR: The coronavirus situation in Pakistan during the third wave is going from bad to worse as the positivity rate in the country closed in to 10 percent on Saturday, which set the alarm bells ringing for the government and general public.
According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), 40,946 tests were carried out during the last 24 hours out of which 3,876 came back as positive, taking the national positivity ratio to 9.46 percent.
The federal and provincial authorities had already warned that the third wave of coronavirus in Pakistan may be more dangerous than the previous waves and it is proving to be true as within two days the positivity rate has gone up from 8 percent to nearly 10 percent.
According to official data, as many as 42 people lost their lives due to coronavirus infection during the last 24 hours, taking the country’s death toll to 13,799. So far, 579,760 have recovered from coronavirus, which is 93 percent of the cases detected in Pakistan so far. On Saturday, 1,446 people were reported to have been recovered from coronavirus.
Now the total number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan stand at 623,135 and the active cases in the country are 27,188. As many as 262,796 cases have been reported from Sindh, 195,087 cases from Punjab, 78,653 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 19,306 from Balochistan, 50,843 from Islamabad, 4,967 from Gilgit-Baltistan, and 11,483 from Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
Data showed that KP reported 681 new cases and six deaths over the past 24 hours, Balochistan reported 16 cases and one death, Punjab reported 2,033 new cases and 25 deaths, Islamabad reported 747 cases and three deaths, AJK reported 106 cases and two deaths, while Gilgit-Baltistan did not report any case or death.
The 747 cases in Islamabad reported on Saturday are the highest daily cases reported in the federal capital since the emergence of the virus. Similarly in Punjab over 2,000 cases have been reported first time in a day since July last year.
Owing to the worsening situation, the KP government decided to keep the markets closed completely during Saturdays and Sundays.
It is widely believed that the actual number of coronavirus infections is much more higher than the official figures as many people decide against undergoing tests despite developing symptoms.