Amid ‘unmistakable signs of the resurgence of coronavirus’ in Pakistan, the government is mulling over options to re-impose restrictions to curb the spread.
Minister for Planning Development, Asad Umar, who also oversees the government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, said this in a series of tweets on Thursday.
He urged masses to take precautionary measures such as face masks and social distancing to avoid contracting the virus.
The minister warned of another lockdown if cases continue to rise.
We may have to take restrictive actions which have negative effects on people’s livelihoods.
Asad Umar also revealed that the positivity rate in the last 24 hours was at 2.37 percent, the highest in more than 50 days.
He also noted that 11 virus-related deaths on average were reported during the first four days of this week, the highest in more than two months.
National positivity of covid cases was 2.37% yesterday. This is the highest positivity in more than 50 days. Last time this level was seen on aug 23. First 4 days of this week covid deaths average is 11 per day..highest since week of Aug 10th. Unmistakable signs of rise of corona
— Asad Umar (@Asad_Umar) October 15, 2020
Asad mentioned that the Covid-19 prevalence rate was ‘highest’ in Muzaffarabad, ‘high’ in Karachi and ‘rising’ in Lahore and Islamabad.
Time for all of us to take Covid-19 SoP’s seriously again. Otherwise, unfortunately, we may have to take restrictive actions that have negative effects on people’s livelihoods.
The country reported 765 new positive cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of infections to 321,877. 13 more coronavirus-related deaths were reported on Thursday, pushing the death toll to 6,621.