Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The ratio of COVID-19 cases in Pakistan dropped on Monday as 492 new infections were reported in the country during the last 24 hours.
As per data shared by the National Institute of Health (NIH), 20,361 coronavirus tests were conducted across the country during the last 24 hours.
Five deaths were reported from the disease and 957 people recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours while 169 patients were on critical care across the country. The current positivity ratio stands at 2.42%.
COVID-19 Statistics 18 July 2022
Total Tests in Last 24 Hours: 20,361
Positive Cases: 492
Positivity %: 2.42%
Patients on Critical Care: 169— NIH Pakistan (@NIH_Pakistan) July 18, 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.