Pakistan’s COVID-19 positive rate fell below 1% for the first time this year, with only 183 new cases detected in the last 24 hours, according to National Command and Operation (NCOC) data released Friday morning.
According to the national COVID-19 body, the country has been experiencing a steady decline in coronavirus infections and positivity rates for the past eight weeks, with the ratio of positive cases now at 0.64 percent, the lowest since December 30, 2021, when a positivity rate of 0.95 percent was reported.
According to the NCOC’s latest statistics, 28,544 diagnostic tests were done across the country, resulting in the detection of 183 new illnesses. With the new COVID-19 cases, the total number of cases recorded since the pandemic began has risen to 1,520,817.
Meanwhile, seven individuals died from the virus overnight, bringing the total number of deaths to 30,326; 788 patients recovered.
The number of active cases in Pakistan has now fallen to 16,875, its lowest level since January 9.
Asad Umar, the Federal Minister for Planning and Development and Special Initiatives, stated on Wednesday that all COVID-19-related restrictions will be lifted in Pakistan.
“The pandemic is not over yet, but it is nearing the conclusion,” Umar remarked at a press conference at NCOC, flanked by SAPM on Health Dr Faisal Sultan.
After thoroughly evaluating the COVID-19 situation in Pakistan, Umar, who is also the NCOC chief, stated that the forum has decided to abolish all coronavirus limitations, including protocols for indoor eating, indoor wedding celebrations and markets, sports activities, and all other SOPs across Pakistan.
However, he stated that the sole constraint that would remain in place is the requirement to get vaccinated against COVID-19, but only until the vaccination rate reaches 80% or above.
“Then we’ll think about whether we still need to have the vaccination limit in place,” he said.