The COVID-19 positivity rate in Pakistan reaches a five-month high

After five months, Pakistan has achieved the highest COVID-19 positive ratio of 5.46 percent in a single day, according to statistics released by the National Institute of Health (NIH) on Tuesday morning.

On February 17, the nation last had such a high positive ratio of 5.55 percent. The death toll was at forty at the time.
According to NIH data, 4,674 diagnostic tests were completed across the country in the last 24 hours, of which 255 were positive.

According to the NIH, the condition of 141 COVID-19 patients is critical, and they are being treated in intensive care units (ICU) at various medical facilities.

According to NIH data, only one COVID-related death was reported in the United States in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths to 30,424.

Experts attribute the increase in COVID-19 cases in Pakistan to two sub-variants of the Omicron variant, BA.4 and BA.5, whose escape mutations provide them an advantage.

They claim that the sub-variants also infect persons who are already vaccinated or infected with COVD-19. However, there is no evidence that they are causing severe disease in the vaccinated population.

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