Alarming surge in Karachi Covid cases, positivity nears 40% Pakistan logs 4,027 new cases


Karachi is witnessing an alarming surge in coronavirus cases during the fifth Covid-19 wave fuelled by Omicron variant with positivity rate exceeds 39 per cent in the metropolis during the last 24 hours.

Out of 15,172 people who were tested for coronavirus, 2,670 came out positive in Sindh, according to the latest figures issued on Sunday. The city’s positivity rate has increased by 4% in a single day and Sindh’s Covid-19 death toll reached 7,697 after three more patients succumbed to the virus during the past 24 hours.

Meanwhile, the Sindh health department has decided to conduct random coronavirus testing of students across all schools of the province.

The provincial health department has also issued directives to district health officers in this regard via notification. The notification stated that 100 samples will be collected from schools in each district of the province which will be sent to Dow Hospital laboratory to check disease prevalence.

Based on the results, the provincial government will take final decision regarding closure of educational institutions.

Meanwhile, Pakistan logged more than 4,000 Covid-19 cases for the second straight day, as the Omicron variant of the virus continues to push infection rates across the country amid the fifth wave of the pan-demic, data from the National Command and Operation Centre showed Sunday morning.

As per the latest statistics of the NCOC, a total of 51,236 tests were conducted in the country during the last 24 hours, of which 4,027 came back positive. The country’s positivity rate now stands at 7.8%.


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