Prime Minister Imran Khan warned on Thursday of the fourth wave of the spread of the Covid-19 virus in Pakistan and called the delta variable Pakistan’s “biggest threat.”

“We fear that the Indian variant could spread in Pakistan, and as a precaution, we must follow SOPs,” the Prime Minister said in a video message to the people.

Speaking about the adverse effects of lockdown, the Prime Minister said: “When you put in a lockdown, the poor suffer the most, and I urge all our peoples, our people specially old people to wear masks,” he continued.

The prime minister also advised to get vaccinated. “Unfortunately, we do not manufacture vaccines, so we may be a little late in vaccinating all our residents against the corona virus,” he added.

He concluded: “If we survive the fourth wave, we can save our country.”

Pakistan has reported 1,683 cases on July 7, the highest single-day cases since June 5, when 1,629 cases were reported.

The national corona virus positivity rate remains above 3% for the second consecutive day at 3.33%, the highest since June 12.

According to the latest figures from the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), 416,363 doses of the vaccine have been administered nationwide in the past 24 hours. So far, 18,644,598 vaccines have been made in the country since the start of the immunization campaign in Pakistan this year.

Over the past 24 hours, 50,531 tests were carried out, of which 683 were positive. There are 1,980 critical cases and 34,531 active cases. Pakistan is seeing a rise in daily cases of the disease as the government loosened restrictions on the coronavirus.

The National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) confirmed the presence of delta, beta and alpha variants in Pakistan on Wednesday.

The Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives had previously warned that a fourth wave of coronavirus could hit Pakistan in July if SOPs were not properly followed

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