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COVID-19 positivity rate rises to highest since August, cautions Asad Umar

Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar has cautioned the nation against the increasing positivity rate of COVID-19.

Federal Minister has urged the nation to practice standard operating procedures (SOPs) for curbing the spread of the coronavirus.

In a tweet on Thursday, Asad Umar said, “National positivity of covid cases was 2.37% yesterday. This is the highest positivity in more than 50 days. Last time this level was seen on Aug 23. The first 4 days of this week covid deaths average is 11 per day.. the highest since the week of Aug 10th. Unmistakable signs of the rise of corona“.

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Furthermore, he warned that the Covid positivity was “extremely high” in Muzaffarabad, “remained high” in Karachi, and is “rising” in Lahore and Islamabad.

“Time for all of us to take Covid SOPs seriously again. Otherwise, we may have to take restrictive actions which have negative effects on people’s livelihoods”, he further added.

Health officials fear a second wave of coronavirus in Pakistan after a numbet of cities have witnessed an increase in positive COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. 

Saman Siddiqui

Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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