COVID-19: Pakistan reports 805 new cases, one death in 24 hours

COVID-19: Pakistan reports 805 new cases, one death in 24 hours

Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan are slowly increasing as 805 new infections were reported in the country on Wednesday.

As per data shared by the National Institute of Health (NIH), 17,150 coronavirus tests were conducted across the country during last 24 hours.

One death was reported from the disease while at least 168 patients were on critical care across the country.

The current positivity ratio stands at 4.69%.

The last time the number of new COVID-19 cases grew this high was on July 2, when the country jumped to 818 new cases.

As per the experts, the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in Pakistan was due to two sub-variants of the Omicron variant, namely BA.4 and BA.5 that have escape mutations that are giving them an edge.

"The sub-variants have also been infecting people who are already vaccinated or have already been infected with COVD-19, but no evidence is available to show if they are causing any severe disease among the vaccinated people," they said.