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Surge in corona cases in Pakistan, masks made mandatory in domestic flights


Covid-19 in Pakistan: There is a new spurt in COVID-19 cases in Pakistan, due to which the country’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has also made masks again mandatory for domestic flights with immediate effect. . According to a notification of CAA, all concerned departments should ensure compliance of the new order. The notification said that other COVID-19 guidelines on domestic air travel will remain unchanged.

Earlier on Sunday, Pakistan recorded more than 400 coronavirus cases for the second consecutive day. Pakistan’s media reported that Karachi’s positivity rate was also recorded at 21.71 percent – the highest in the country. In addition, data from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) showed that 406 cases of COVID-19 were reported across the country in the last 24 hours. A day earlier, 435 cases were reported which was the highest number since March 22.

A total of 14,437 tests were conducted during the last 24 hours. The positivity rate was recorded at 2.81 percent, while two more deaths were also reported. In addition, 94 patients were in critical care, up from 87 a day earlier.

‘Virus is behaving like a roller coaster’

Speaking with Dawn, Dr Javed Akram, Vice Chancellor of the University of Health Sciences said that the virus is behaving like a “roller coaster”. “The country will face similar situations for a few years,” Akram said. He said that the restrictions should be brought back to stop the virus. He said that these measures will also help in fighting the current energy crisis.

‘The level of immunity in people is decreasing’

Dr Jawed Akram, a member of the Scientific Task Force on Covid-19, said that immunity levels in people are declining and the efficacy of vaccines, which was once 95 pc, has dropped to around 80-85 pc as the virus continues to mutate. Used to be.

Dr Akram said that vaccines have now lost their effectiveness, but added that vaccines are the only way to deal with the virus. He said that people should go for vaccination and those who are already immunized should get booster shots.

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