Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The situation of COVID-19 continues to worsen in Pakistan ahead of Eid-ul-Azha as nine people suffering from the infection died and 872 new cases were reported in 24 hours on Thursday.
As per data shared by the National Institute of Health (NIH), 23,125 coronavirus tests were conducted across the country during last 24 hours.
Nine deaths were reported from the disease while at least 165 patients were on critical care across the country.
This is a major hike in the death toll due to coronavirus after over three months as the country last reported nine deaths on March 8, 2022.
The current positivity ratio stands at 3.77%.
COVID-19 Statistics 07 July 2022
Total Tests in Last 24 Hours: 23,125
Positive Cases: 872
Positivity %: 3.77%
Patients on Critical Care: 165— NIH Pakistan (@NIH_Pakistan) July 7, 2022
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.