COVID Watch | 4th January 2021

Pakistan's recovery rate slumps to 90.6% in the past 24 hours; eight localities in Lahore, one in Multan and one in Gujranwala under smart lockdown after being declared COVID-19 hotspots; Mutated UK strain reaches Pakistan as three returning Pakistanis test positive for the new strain.

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COVID-19 situation update

Pakistan’s recovery rate slumped to 90.6% as 1,797 patients managed to beat the virus on Sunday, January 3. In the same time frame, 39 casualties were recorded with Sindh reporting seventeen casualties, Punjab fifteen, Islamabad Capital Territory four, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa three and Balochistan one, at a sustained death rate of 2.1%.

COVID-19 case positivity rate continues on a downward trend with minor fluctuations, with a three-day rolling average of 5.61%. The total number of active cases in Pakistan is now 35,722 as 1,895 new infections were reported yesterday.

Ten Punjab localities under lockdown

The Punjab Government has imposed lockdowns in eight localities in Lahore, and a street each in Multan and Gujranwala after they were declared coronavirus hotspots. Eight roads in Gulberg, Defence Housing Authority, Lake City, Harbanspura and Singpura were identified after a reported spike in cases and positivity rate over the past two weeks.

Mutated UK strain reaches Pakistan

The Sindh government affirmed that three out of six COVID-19 positive Pakistanis returning from Britain were infected with the new, mutated strain affecting people in the UK. Samples collected from the three patients for genotyping found a 95% match with the new strain.

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