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Coronavirus positivity rate halves in Pakistan

Health workers inoculate people with a Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre in Lahore on May 23, 2021. (Photo by ARIF ALI/AFP via Getty Images)

By: ChandrashekarBhat

THE THIRD wave of the Covid-19 pandemic is showing signs of ebbing in Pakistan as the national coronavirus infection rate nearly halved to 4.82 per cent in a month. The rate was 8.5 per cent 30 days ago.

With 2,253 new infections recorded on Tuesday (25), the cumulative caseload in the country since the outbreak of the disease stood at 905,852, according to the National Command and Operation Centre, which is spearheading the federal government response to Covid-19. It said 813,855 people recovered so far leaving 62,295 active cases.

However, there is a surge in the spread of the virus in Sindh, which has been reporting nearly half of the country’s fresh infections, forcing the provincial government to impose fresh restrictions on the movement of people.

Education minister Shafqat Mehmood said he contracted the virus with “mild symptoms”, an announcement he made a day after he presided over the Inter-Provincial Education Ministers’ Conference to decide on school and college examinations.
“I have tested positive for coronavirus. I feel fine with mild symptoms. InshAllah will get well soon”, he tweeted on Tuesday (25). Media reports said Mehmood attended a public event before testing positive for the virus.

The meeting of the education ministers decided to hold board examinations after June 20.

Pakistan Weekly

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