Covid-19 resurgence: Pakistan reports 23 positive cases in last 24 hours
Pakistan continues to witness a slightly surge in COVID-19 cases as the country reported 23 fresh cases during the past 24 hours, as per the statistics issued by the National Institute of Health (NIH) on Friday.
According to the statistics issued by NIH, a total of 3910 COVID-19 diagnostic tests were conducted, out of which 23 samples tested positive.
Following the detection of new cases, the COVID-19 positivity ratio stood at 0.59 percent, moving slightly down from 0.84pc, recorded a day earlier.
The NIH, in the statement, said almost 22 coronavirus patients were being treated in the Intensive Care Units (ICU) across the country at different medical facilities.
An Omicron’s subvariant XBB, believed to be one of the three strains driving the recent surge in Covid-19 cases in China and other countries, has been detected in Pakistan, according to the National Institute of Health (NIH) and Aga Khan University.
NIH and Aga Khan University officials said genome sequencing has confirmed the XBB variant. They added the country, however, is safe from the highly infectious strain BF.7.
Later, almost five cases of new variant XBB of COVID-19 detected in the metropolis. Out of the five cases, three have been reported in Defence Housing Authority (DHA), while the other two have been reported in Shadman Homes and Tariq Road.