Pakistan reported over 1,500 daily COVID-19 cases for the first time since October 3 as the country continues to battle against the fifth wave of the pandemic, data from the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) showed Sunday morning.
As per the latest statistics of the NCOC, 1,572 people tested positive for the coronavirus after 49,658 COVID-19 tests were taken across the county in the last 24 hours. This brings the positivity rate to 3.16%.
Statistics 9 Jan 22:— NCOC (@OfficialNcoc) January 9, 2022
Total Tests in Last 24 Hours: 49,658
Positive Cases: 1572
Positivity %: 3.16%
Patients on Critical Care: 604
Meanwhile, seven more people succumbed to the virus during the same period.
Karachi sees alarming surge in COVID cases
A day earlier, the Sindh government had warned of resorting to ‘stringent measures’ if people continued to defy standard operating procedures (SOPs) in Karachi where the positivity rate of COVID-19 is continuously on the rise due to the spread of the Omicron variant.