700 new Coronavirus cases reported in Pakistan

700 new Coronavirus cases reported in Pakistan
Source: Reuters

During the last 24 hours, Pakistan reported 708 coronavirus cases. Daily infections exceed 700.

According to the National Command and Operation Centre(NCOC), the positivity rate is now 1.55 percent.

The last 24 hours breakdown in Pakistan is

Sindh: 415 cases

Punjab: 217 cases, 1 death

KPK: 39 cases, 1 death

Islamabad: 35 cases

AJK: 2 cases

The rise in cases from the previous days 594 came on the heels of Planning Minister Asad Umar warning that there was clear evidence of another Covid -19 wave as cases of the new variant, omicron increased- particularly in Karachi.

The minister said the recent surge in cases seemed to be due to the most transmissible variant of Covid-19, Omicron.

He tweeted on Sunday,

“Genome sequencing is showing a rising proportion of Omicron cases, particularly in Karachi. Remember, wearing a mask is your best protection.”

The federal minister’s emphasis on Karachi came in the wake of the micro smart lockdown imposed on Friday in Gulshan-i-Iqbal, Block 7 after 12 members of a family tested positive for the Omicron.

Source Dawn