Jan 5, 2022: It emerged on Tuesdays that Punjab Minister for Health Dr. Yasmin Rashid tested positive for coronavirus.
A spokesperson for the lawmaker validated the news, as Pakistan confronts a rising number of Omicron cases. The spokesperson said that the health minister was isolated at home after her son tested positive upon his arrival in the United States.
According to the provincial health department, Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmeen Rashid has tested positive for the novel corona virus. She has isolated herself at home. The CoVID-19 and its new Omicron variant have tightened its grip on Punjab, especially around Lahore.
Five people fell victim to the deadly virus in the city on Tuesday. According to health department officials, 86% of the new cases recorded in Lahore are of new strain. On Tuesday, 24 new Omicron cases were reported in the city, bringing the positivity rate to 4%.
Last week, Rashid revealed that the Punjab government had declared an emergency in all major hospitals across the province. She said that a new wave of the pandemic was imminent in the province if people stopped taking precautionary measures such as wearing masks and maintaining social distance.
Meanwhile, Pakistan reported over 800 cases in a day on Wednesday, according to the National Command and Operation Centre. The positivity ratio has increased to 1.8%.
The government has warned that Pakistan has entered the 5th wave of corona virus. SAPM Health Dr. Faisal Sultan said that from November 15 to December the positivity rate was less than 1% (approximately 0.7, 0.8) but it has increased in the last four days and according to Sunday’s data it is 1.5. Percent.
He added that the rate is not very high but it is a worrying situation for Pakistan as there is no doubt that the fifth wave has started and it is directly related to the new type Omicron.
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