As National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) chief Asad Umar warned of a fast spread of the coronavirus in the country, the Sindh government on Monday said that the prevalence of the Omicron variant has reached up to 50 percent in the province, especially in Karachi.

The provincial health authorities said that 351 samples of COVID-19 positive cases were analysed, of which 175 people were found to be infected with the Omicron variant.

At a high-level meeting to discuss the virus spread in the province, the Sindh Health department informed Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah about the situation of the coronavirus pandemic.

It was also pointed out that out of 175 people, few had travel history predominantly from the UK, Dubai, US, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Nairobi and Angola.

The meeting was told that the number of coronavirus cases has started increasing during the last 30 days. On December 3, 261 new cases were detected, which kept on showing an upward trend and finally on January 2, reached 403.

The chief minister said that the situation was critical and urged the health department to start an extensive vaccination drive and increase tests of people all over Sindh.

He urged the people to adopt preventive measures otherwise the government would have to take strict measures.

The meeting was told that during the last 30 days, 51 patients died.

The meeting was told that so far 29,579,471 vaccine doses had been administered all over Sindh.

Later, Sindh government’s spokesman Barrister Murtaza Wahab said the provincial government does not want to impose strict measures in the province despite rising cases of COVID-19 due to the spread of Omicron variant and urged people to follow the SOPs, wear masks and avoid going to crowded places for their own safety.

The meeting was attended by Minister for Health Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho, Adviser Law Murtaza Wahab, Parliamentary Secretary on Health Qasim Soomro, acting Chief Secretary Qazi Shahid Pervez, Principal Secretary to CM Sajid Jamal Abro, Health Secretary Zulfiqar Ali Shah, Dr Bari of Indus Hospital and other officials concerned.


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