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15 – 20 percent increase predicted in daily COVID-19 cases for the next week

15 – 20 percent increase predicted in daily COVID-19 cases for the next week

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As health authorities conducted the highest number of coronavirus tests in a single day, they anticipate a 15-20 per cent rise in daily cases over the next week across the country due to lifting of the lockdown.

National Institute of Health (NIH) Director General Maj Gen Dr Aamer Ikram, while talking to Dawn, said that according to estimates the number of daily cases might increase by 15-20 percent due to the government’s decision to relax the lockdown.

“The incubation period of the virus is between five and seven days so we have been expecting that the number of daily cases will increase as the interaction between people has increased. However, in the next week we will be in a better position to ascertain the percentage of increase in number of cases,” he said.

Tests conducted in Pakistan

According to data released by the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) issued on Thursday, 15,346 tests for Covid-19 were conducted — 6,164 in Sindh, 5,439 in Punjab, 1,644 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 1,331 in Islamabad. Overall, 429,600 tests have been conducted so far.

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