NCOC chief says beginning of new Covid wave evident in Pakistan

The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) Chief and Planning Minister Asad Umar on Sunday said that clear evidence of the beginning of another Covid wave in the country was now apparent

The minister took to his official Twitter handle and stated that genome sequencing has shown a rising proportion of Omicron, “particularly in Karachi”

Clear evidence now of a beginning of another covid wave which has been expected for last few weeks

Genome sequencing showing rising proportion of omicron cases particularly in karachi

Remember : wearing a mask is your best protection — Asad Umar (@Asad_Umar) January 2, 2022 He urged people to wear masks, adding that it was their “best protection”

Umar's tweet comes a few days after the National Institute of Health (NIH) confirmed 75 cases of the Omicron strain of Covid-19 across the country, two weeks after the first case was reported in Karachi

Read: Omicron feared to loom within mosques "The first case of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 was reported on December 13 in Karachi

As of December 27, 2021, a total of 75 Omicron cases have been confirmed – 33 in Karachi, 17 in Islamabad and 13 in Lahore," read an official statement

Smart lockdown The local government imposed a 15-day micro-smart lockdown in Karachi's District East on Saturday after the emergence of at least 12 cases of Omicron variant in the area

According to a notification issued by the deputy commissioner’s office, the lockdown was imposed in Gulshan-e-Iqbal's Block 7 area and other hotspots on the report of the district health officers

"In exercise of powers conferred under Section 3 of the Sindh Epidemic Diseases Act 2014 (as amended in 2020), I, Taha Saleem, Deputy Commissioner District Karachi East hereby impose smart lockdown and micro-smart lockdown, which shall be enforced in the streets and houses of specified area respectively as given below, for a definite period of two weeks only," the notification read

Covid 'tsunami' A Covid "tsunami" threatens to overwhelm healthcare systems, the WHO said Wednesday, as record surges fuelled by the Omicron variant dampened New Year celebrations around the world once again

Governments are walking a tightrope between anti-virus restrictions and the need to keep societies and economies open, as the highly transmissible variant drove cases to levels never seen before in the United States, Britain, France and Denmark

The blistering surge was illustrated by AFP's tally of 6

55 million new infections reported globally in the week ending Tuesday, the highest the figure has been since the World Health Organization declared a Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020

Date:03-Jan-2022 Reference:View Original Link