ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on National Health Services Dr. Faisal Sultan has said that the COVID-19 positivity ratio has doubled from 4.50 percent to 9.50 percent in the last few days.
Briefing the media persons in Islamabad on Saturday, he said that this is an alarming situation which is increasing a burden on our healthcare system.
Dr. Faisal Sultan said that the pressure is especially being seen on the health infrastructure in major cities of Punjab, Islamabad, and Peshawar.
The Special Assistant said it is our collective responsibility to fully comply with the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to cope with the challenge.
Dr. Faisal Sultan advised the people to wear masks and ensure social distancing and the wedding events should also be organized in the open air with the minimum possible guests.
Regarding vaccination, the Special Assistant said that the process is continuing and people aged over seventy years can get vaccination shots without any appointment.
The Special Assistant said that two consignments of vaccine purchased by Pakistan will also arrive in the Country by the end of March.
In the last 24 hours, Pakistan carried out 40,946 COVID tests, out of which 3,876 returned positive, taking the national positivity ratio to 9.47 percent.
Additionally, further 42 COVID-19 patients succumbed to the disease across the Country on March 19.
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