Government officials and policymakers have advised the public to take the third wave of the viral coronavirus seriously as Pakistan’s positivity ratio shot upwards of 7% on Tuesday.
According to the data issued by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), 2,511 people out of 35,303 tested positive for COVID-19 .
The situation in Islamabad is more alarming where the positivity ratio has reached 7.7%, the District Health Officer said.
Vaccinations for people over 60 have also started in various parts of the country.
The total number of positive cases in Pakistan are 609,964. The NCOC said that 11,089 cases have been reported in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, 19,233 in Balochistan, 4,961 in Gilgit Baltistan, 48,495 in Islamabad, 76,379 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 188,225 in Punjab, and 261,582 in Sindh.
The total number of active coronavirus cases in Pakistan stands at 23,355.
Pakistan lost 58 people to COVID 19 in the last 24 hours with the most deaths occurring in Punjab followed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The new deaths take the national total of coronavirus deaths to 13,595. The breakdown showed that 4,461 patients have died in Sindh, 5,812 in Punjab, 2,169 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 526 in Islamabad, 202 in Balochistan, 103 in Gilgit Baltistan, 322 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
NCOC directs provinces to take action against SOPs violations
The NCOC on Monday advised the provincial administrations of all federating units to take strict administrative actions against the masses flouting standard operating procedures (SOPs) of COVID-19.
The body emphasised the provincial authorities to ensure massive crackdown against all those failing to implement non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs or alternate measure to treat the pandemic other than medical treatment).