Pakistan reports highest number of COVID deaths in 20 days

Pakistan reports highest number of COVID deaths in 20 days

A family riding on a bike wear facemasks as a precaution against the coronavirus on October 29 in Karachi, — AFP/File

  • Pakistan logs 761 new COVID-19 infections in last 24 hours.
  • Country’s coronavirus positivity ratio stands at 3.65%.
  • Pakistan’s total COVID-19 case count rises to 1,552,632.

Pakistan has reported the highest number of COVID-19 deaths in the past 20 days, with eight people succumbing to the virus in just one day, data from the National Institutes of Health in Islamabad showed on Wednesday morning. Year (NIH).

This country reported 9 deaths in just one day on 7 July.

According to the latest statistics, the COVID-19 positive rate in Pakistan is 3.65%. As many as 761 new cases of COVID-19 have been detected after testing 20,843 samples, bringing the total number of coronavirus infections across the country to 1,552,632.

Meanwhile, 170 people infected with the virus are being treated in intensive care units.

What is COVID BA.5 variant and why is it reinfecting so many people?

BA5, part of the Omicron family, is the latest coronavirus variant to cause a worldwide wave of infections.

According to the latest World Health Organization report, it was the cause of 52% of cases at the end of June, compared with 37% in a week. In the United States, it is estimated to cause about 65% of infections.

Increased number of cases

BA5 is not new. First identified in January, he has been monitored by the WHO since April.

This is a sister variant of the Omicron strain that has dominated the world since late 2021 and has caused a spike in case rates  even with reduced testing  in countries like South Africa, South Africa, and South Africa. , where it was first discovered, as well as the United Kingdom, parts of Europe, and Australia.

Global coronavirus infections have increased for four consecutive weeks, WHO data shows.

Why is it spreading?

Like its closely related cousin, BA4, BA5 is particularly effective at evading immune protection caused by vaccination or previous infection.

For this reason, “BA5 has a growth advantage over other circulating Omicron sub-lines,” Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO technical lead on COVID-19, said at a press conference on Tuesday. .

For many people, this means getting reinfected, often even shortly after contracting COVID-19. Van Kerkhove said WHO is evaluating reports of reinfection.

“We have a lot of evidence that people infected with Omicron are infected with BA5. There’s no doubt about it,” said Gregory Poland, a virologist and vaccine researcher at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

 

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