Karachi’s coronavirus infection rate rises to 11.46pc

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The metropolitan city recorded a coronavirus positivity ratio of 11.46% in the last 24 hours, a spokesperson for the Sindh Health Department said on Friday.

The spokesperson said Karachi registered 404 cases, with an infection rate of 11.46%, while Hyderabad recorded 15 infections, taking its positivity ratio to 4.11%.

The remaining districts of Sindh recorded 178 cases, translating into an infection rate of 2.02%, the spokesperson for the province’s health department said.The metropolis’s infection rate was at 8.21% a day earlier, while it hit an alarming 13.81% two days back, according to the data shared by the health department.

The rise to a double digit positivity ratio in Karachi comes two weeks after the Sindh government decided to ease certain curbs that were in place to guard against the spread of coronavirus.An announcement in this regard was made on June 6.

Schools and educational institutions, for classes IX and above, all reopened on June 7. The Sindh government has made it mandatory for all teachers and staffers to get vaccinated. But the vaccination drive hit a snag with shortages in supplies of vaccines.

As many as 15 more patients of Coronavirus died overnight lifting the death toll to 5,407 and 591 new cases emerged when 13,348 tests were conducted.

This was stated by Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah in a statement issued here on Friday. He added that 15 more patients of COVID-19 lost their lives lifting the death toll to 5,407 that constituted 1.6 percent death rate.

Shah said that 13,348 samples were tested which detected 591 cases that constituted 4.4 percent current detection rate.

He added that so far 4,443,227 tests have been conducted against which 335,027 cases were diagnosed, of them 92.6 percent or 310,096 patients have recovered, including 600 overnight.

According to the statement, out of 591 new cases, 404 have been detected from Karachi, including 159 from East, 99 South, 65 Korangi, 45 Central, 34 West and 19 Malir.

 

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