Asad Umar, the NCOC chief, said on Thursday that the government has no plans to put a coronavirus lockdown in place for now, even tho the country has seen a big rise in infections over the last two weeks.
In the short term, Pakistan and the rest of the world are being closely watched, and we’re putting a lot of emphasis on getting people vaccinated.
The NCOC chief said that instead of lockdowns, the government is focusing on getting more people vaccinated and enforcing the rules that were put in place earlier if someone wasn’t vaccinated.
JSMU Acting Vice Chancellor Prof. Shahid Rasul told Geo News that coronavirus cases of the Omicron variant are on the rise in Karachi because there aren’t enough vaccines for people who haven’t had them.
Many people in Karachi have the Omicron variant COVID-19, which is why the Sindh Health Department’s statistics show that the city had a positive rate of 9.23% in the last 24 hours.
Doctor Rasul said that not only is Omicron spreading, but the Delta variant is as well. “The vaccination rate in Karachi is only 40%,” he said.
He talked about the sudden rise in cases over the last week and said that lockdowns are based on how many people are positive. If the positive ratio keeps going up, the government will have to put some rules in place, he said.
On January 3, the Sindh government said that the prevalence of the Omicron variant in the province, especially in Karachi, had reached up to 50%, especially in the city.
At the same time, Pakistan’s coronavirus positivity rate hit 2% for the first time since October 14 last year, when 1,085 new infections were found in the last 24 hours, official data for Thursday morning showed.
2.03% of people were positive on October 14, 2021. People are getting more sick every day for the first time since October 14.
A report from the National Command and Operation Center says that 2.32 percent of people are positive, which is 0.5 percent more than Wednesday’s figure of 1.8 percent.
A few days ago, Pakistani federal ministers told people to get vaccinated and stop wearing masks because the new coronavirus variant, Omicron, is spreading quickly in the country.
NCOC chief Asad Umar said: “Omicron spreads very quickly, but it isn’t lethal. Do not think that nothing will happen to you if you get infected with the Omicron variant.”
From the very beginning, the government has been telling people that the coronavirus spreads quickly in cities.
In the last seven days, Lahore and Karachi made up 60% of the country’s cases. People in the cities should get a jab as soon as possible.