At least seven employees of the Punjab Assembly have tested positive for the coronavirus.

They had been tested on November 7 as part of a larger drive carried out on the directives of Punjab Assembly Speaker Pervez Elahi.

A total of 601 COVID-19 cases have been recorded across Punjab in the past 24 hours, bringing the provincial tally to 108,822. The coronavirus has so far claimed 2,455 lives in Punjab — 17 in the past 24 hours only.

The province's case positivity rate stands at 4.9%. 

A total of 2,304 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in the past 24 hours all over the country, bringing the tally of cases to 352,296. With 37 new deaths, the country's coronavirus death toll reached 7,092. So far, a total of 321,563 people have recovered from the virus while the active number of cases stands at 23,641.

With 36,923 tests conducted across Pakistan, the positivity rate has reached 6.4%. 

Historically, second waves of a pandemic prove to be deadliest. A second wave accounted for 58,000 of the total 100,000 casualties during the 1889 flu outbreak. Likewise, the spanish flu and swine flu were also more severe with the second wave. The coronavirus seems no different, with the global tally surpassing 50 million earlier this month.

At home, Pakistan has been seeing a steady rise in coronavirus cases, with officials acknowledging that the second wave of COVID-19 has arrived in the country.

The Pakistan Medical Association has already cautioned against a deadlier second wave and urged people to follow SOPs.