Pakistan has logged 502 fresh COVID-19 cases on the first day of Eid ul Adha, as per the latest data from the National Institute of Health (NIH).
The spike in COVID-19 cases across the country lowered the positivity rate to 2.73%.
As per the statistics released by NIH, “A total of 18,385 tests were performed in the last 24 hours to diagnose COVID-19, of which 502 came back positive.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the nation rose to 1,542,879 after the new infections were confirmed.
Additionally, only one death from the infection was reported, taking the death toll to 30,421.
According to the statistics released by NIH, the condition of 145 more patients with the virus is critical.
Whereas, experts blame two sub-variants of the Omicron variant, namely BA.4 and BA.5, for the rise in COVID-19 cases in Pakistan, saying that they have escape mutations that are giving them an edge.
They say the sub-variants have also been infecting people who are already vaccinated or have already been infected with COVD-19, but no evidence is available to show if they are causing any severe disease among the vaccinated people.