ISLAMABAD (our reporter):- Pakistan has reported 7586 new cases of corona cases during the last 24 hours in the country as the Omicron driven fifth wave of the pandemic continues to get worse, official figures showed Sunday morning.
Today’s toll is the second highest in any single day during the pandemic after couple of days when the country registered 7,678 cases on Friday, the National Command and Operation Centre’s (NCOC) statistics had showed.
According to the NCOC, a total of 58,334 tests were conducted in the country during the last 24 hours, of which 7,586 came back positive, pushing the nationwide tally of the virus cases to 1,367,605. The country’s positivity rate now stands at a record high of 13 percent.
Meanwhile, 20 more patients succumbed to the virus during the same period, taking the death toll to 29,097.
In addition to this, the country’s active coronavirus cases surged to 70,263, making it the highest in over four months. Pakistan last reported 65,725 active cases on September 16, 2021.
A day earlier, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) had revised COVID-19 protocols for mosques and announced that only fully vaccinated people will be allowed to pray inside the places of worship.
The body leading Pakistan’s COVID-19 response also announced on Friday that all schools with a high COVID-19 positivity ratio would remain closed for one week across the country.