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Pakistan records 6,808 Covid cases; where 54% were reported in Sindh only

This is the second highest daily COVID-19 case count since pandemic started in 2020

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Pakistan has recorded 6,808 COVID cases in the last 24 hours; where 54% of them were reported in Sindh only.

This is the second-highest daily COVID-19 case count since the pandemic started in 2020 as the country is witnessing a rapid rise in infections due to the Omicron variant.

The highest number of cases 6,825 were recorded on June 13, 2020.

According to National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), a total of 58,943 samples were tested, out of which 6,808 turned out to be positive.

The positivity rate in the country jumped to a nine-month high Thursday morning to 11.55 % as compared to yesterday’s 9.48%.

While 918 patients are in critical condition.

Region-wise breakdown of reported COVID cases and deaths in the last 24 hours is as follows:

  • Sindh: 3,738 cases, 1 death
  • Punjab: 1,493 cases, 2 deaths
  • Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 331 cases, 2 deaths
  • Balochistan: 36 cases
  • Islamabad: 1,131 cases
  • Gilgit-Baltistan: 6 cases
  • Azad Jammu and Kashmir: 73 cases

A day earlier, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) announced a series of restrictions to curb rising Covid-19 cases that are to be applied in cities having COVID positivity of more than 10%.

New announced COVID restrictions are as follows:

  • Classes for students aged below 12 years will be allowed with 50 percent attendance in cities having an infection rate of over 10%. In other cities, however, schools will remain open with full attendance and students over the age of 12 years must be fully vaccinated.
  • Vaccination of students above 12 years will be compulsory from Feb 1.
  • Large-scale testing will be carried out at “high disease prevalence” educational institutes for targeted closure.
  • Markets and businesses will continue to operate without any restriction.
  • Indoor and outdoor dining, as well as wedding functions, will be allowed only for vaccinated people.
  • There will be a complete ban on indoor dining and weddings in cities with over 10% Covid positivity ratio with effect from Jan 24. However, outdoor dining and weddings with a maximum limit of 300 fully vaccinated guests will be allowed.
  • Only vaccinated people will be allowed in gyms, cinemas, shrines, and amusement parks. However, 50% capacity will be ensured at these places in cities with more than a 10% positivity rate.
  • Public transport will operate with 70% occupancy (trains at 80%) for fully vaccinated and mask-wearing will be mandatory throughout the journey.

the authorSaman 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.