Pakistan’s health ministry has announced that the country is now experiencing its second wave of Covid-19 infections.
Special assistant to the Prime Minister on health, Dr. Faisal Sultan, said at a news conference on Tuesday that he was concerned by the “rate of positivity which increased to 2 and a half percent,” and by the fact that the number of new daily cases has jumped to a range of 700 to 750 per day.
Sultan announced that stricter restrictions and fines will be imposed in the coming days to ensure the public complies with safety procedures previously outlined by the government. Newer, data-based lockdowns would be implemented in neighborhoods hardest hit by the virus, he added.
He said the country “has reached a point where serious decisions have to be made in order to clamp down on the growth of the virus.”
According to the Health Ministry, there are currently 11,627 active cases of coronavirus in Pakistan. In the past 24 hours, 825 new cases and 14 deaths were recorded.