Covid-19 positivity rate drops to 2.51% in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The coronavirus positivity rate fell to 2.51% in Pakistan on Tuesday, as 961 people tested positive for Covid-19 out of 38,139 tests carried out in the past 24 hours.

The NCOC, the department leading Pakistan’s campaign against the pandemic, said 13 deaths from the viral disease occurred in the country in the past day while 1,261 people are in the intensive care unit.

On February 17, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates arrived in Islamabad on his first-ever visit to meet Prime Minister Imran Khan.

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The billionaire was briefed on Pakistan’s efforts in polio eradication and pandemic control during his visit to the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) in Islamabad.

In a tweet, Pakistani Prime Minister’s Special Assistant for Political Communication Shahbaz Gill said the meeting took place at the Prime Minister’s house.

“Polio eradication and other important issues were discussed at the meeting,” the tweet read.

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On January 31, Sindh’s capital was experiencing a steady rise in coronavirus cases as it reported 21.79 percent positivity in one day, the Sindh health department confirmed.

As many as 1,599 corona cases have been reported across the province during the ongoing fifth wave – of which 1,109 cases have been reported in Karachi. Meanwhile, nine people had lost their lives The provincial health department said 438 corona patients had been admitted to different hospitals in the province, while 385 of them were in serious conditions including 25 on ventilators.

Sallie R. Loera