Pakistan has reported two COVID-related deaths and detected 406 new cases of coronavirus out of 14,437 tests conducted during the past 24 hours, as experts warn that the country may see another wave of the pandemic.
According to the latest statistics issued by the National Institute of Health (NIH), 94 other patients are undergoing treatment in intensive-care units countrywide and the country’s positivity rate has surged to 2.81 per cent.
The NIH, however, said that 85 per cent of the country’s population has been fully vaccinated.
Meanwhile, medical experts said that the country may potentially witness another COVID-19 outbreak as it is seeing an uptick in new cases.
The former director general health Rana Muhammad Safdar said that new cases and positivity rates have more than doubled over the previous week, indicating rapid transmission.
He said that the rise is more marked in Karachi with 21.71 per cent positivity rate and Islamabad with 3.45 per cent positivity rate due to better testing and reporting but the risk is likely to be widespread.
Sindh is the most affected province while Mardan and Hyderabad are the most affected cities after Karachi with 8.77 per cent and 8.51 per cent positivity rates respectively.