Fourth Covid wave weakens in Pakistan

Pakistan has been recording a slow decline in its daily Covid-19 numbers over the last two days, with 2,714 fresh cases reported on Wednesday morning, the National Command and Operation Centre’s statistics showed.

According to the NCOC’s latest stats, the positivity rate fell to 4.78 per cent. The last time the country’s positivity rate was less than 5 per cent was on July 24.

The 2,714 new cases were detected after 56,733 coronavirus tests were taken in the last 24 hours. This pushes the total number of cases to 1,212,809.

There is a small downward trend in daily numbers, with active cases going under 80,000 for the first time since early August. The number of active cases currently are 77,532, the Geo TV reported.

In the last 24 hours, another 73 people have died of Covid-19, pushing the death toll to 26,938.

The total recoveries crossed the 1.1 million mark after 10,923 people recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours. As of now, some 1,108,339 patients have recovered.

Covid-19 infections are decreasing in Pakistan, with 3,406 new infections reported on average each day. That’s 58 per cent of the peak — the highest daily average reported on June 17.

Pakistan has administered at least 68,227,337 doses of Covid vaccines so far. Assuming every person needs 2 doses, that’s enough to have vaccinated about 15.8 per cent of the country’s population.

During the last week reported, Pakistan averaged about 1,040,926 doses administered each day. At that rate, it will take a further 42 days to administer enough doses for another 10 per cent of the population.