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Pakistan registers 789 fresh cases of coronavirus

ISLAMABAD: In the last 24 hours, four people have died due to coronavirus across the country.

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), 789 more cases of coronavirus were reported in the last 24 hours across the country and 4 more people died due to coronavirus.

According to NIH, 21,741 corona tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. The rate of positive cases in Corona was 3.63 percent. The condition of 160 patients affected by the global epidemic coronavirus remained alarming.

Read more: NIH reports 9 deaths, 806 new Covid infections during past 24 hours

BA.5, part of the Omicron family, is the latest coronavirus variant to cause widespread waves of infection globally. According to the World Health Organization’s most recent report, it was behind 52% of cases sequenced in late June, up from 37% in one week. In the United States, it is estimated to be causing around 65% of infections.

BA.5 is not new. First identified in January, it has been tracked by the WHO since April. It is a sister variant of the Omicron strain that has been dominant worldwide since the end of 2021 and has already caused spikes in case rates – even with reduced testing – in countries including South Africa, where it was first found, as well as the United Kingdom, parts of Europe, and Australia.

Coronavirus cases worldwide have now been rising for four weeks in a row, WHO data showed. For this reason, “BA.5 has a growth advantage over the other sublineages of Omicron that are circulating,” Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s technical lead on COVID-19, told a news briefing on Tuesday.

 

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