ISLAMABAD: With nearly 46,000 tests carried out in a single day, which is a record, the daily cases of COVID-19 have surged to 3,300 after a gap of fourand-a-half months and the number of active cases have reached 43,963 across the country; the positivity rate has been recorded at over 7 per cent.
At a time when millions of people are confined to their homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued guidelines on sedentary behaviour, which maintain that up to five million deaths a year can be averted if the global population regularly carries out physical activity.
According to the latest data issued by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), a total of 3,306 people tested positive for the disease and 40 people lost their lives in a day, the totalcaseload thus surging to 43,963.
In September the total number of active cases had dropped to less than 6,000, but in October it again started increasing. On October 27 the number of active patients reached 11,190 and on November 18 the number was 30,362.
On Thursday, the NCOC said that 284 ventilators, out of a total of 1,767 meant for Covid-19 patients, were in use.