Omicron taking Karachi by storm as infectivity ratio surges to 39%

Lahore also becoming hub of new coronavirus variant: 45 new cases reported

By: News Desk
Published: 12:55 PM, 16 Jan, 2022
Omicron taking Karachi by storm as infectivity ratio surges to 39%
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The fourth wave of coronavirus is taking Karachi by storm as the positivity ratio in the metropolitan city has surged to over 39% ringing alarm bells across the megacity, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

According to the coronavirus stats, the total number of positive cases in Karachi remained 2,412 on Sunday and the infectivity rate was spiked to 39%. During the last 24 hours, the surge in the virus was recorded at 4% in the city.

According to the Sindh Health Department, total 6,124 tests were conducted across the province out of which 2,412 cases tested positive. 

Though the Sindh administration is emphasizing on adopting Covid curbs but the citizens are condoning them despite the surge in cases. They are ignoring the SOPs and a great rush of people could be seen in public transport, markets and at public places. The majority of people are not wearing masks and the rule of social distancing is also being flouted. 

The Sindh Task Force in its meeting on Saturday said wearing facemasks in public places was mandatory, which is also applicable on wedding halls, marquees and public places. It was also directed that the guests at wedding halls should be served food in boxes. Only vaccinated people would be allowed to enter the markets and the administration must check the vaccination cards of the visitors, the Task Force added.

Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah warned that government officers who would not wear facemasks would be fined. It was proposed that the fine should be deducted as one-day salary of the violators. The Sindh government also decided to accelerate the vaccination campaign through the province. 

Omicron variant is also spreading at a dangerous space in Lahore. Today, 45 cases of new variant have been diagnosed taking the tally to 423 cases across the city.

Sources claimed that the original number of cases in the city is much higher than the reported cases. 

Pakistan has reported 4,027 new coronavirus infections and nine deaths amid rapid spread of the Omicron variant during the last 24 hours (Saturday), according to the figures released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Sunday morning.

As per the NCOC data, after the addition of four new deaths, the overall toll has now surged to 29,012 whereas the number of total infections now stood at 1,324,147 after adding the fresh 4,027 cases.

During the last 24 hours (Saturday), 51,236 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 7.8 percent. The number of patients in critical care was 752.

Reporter Aadia Naz