268 Omicron cases detected so far in Sindh: CM Murad

KARACHI – Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Thursday said that as many as 268 cases of Omicron variant of COVID-19 had been detected so far in the province with most of them coming through the local transmission of the virus.

Sharing details of the COVID-19 situation in the province, the CM said that so far 268 cases of Omicron had been confirmed while 95 cases had been reported from December 28 to January 02. “These 95 cases have been detected after 133 samples were sent for genome-sequencing, showing the presence of new cases of the variant in the province,” he said.

The Chief Minister while confirming the local transmission of the new variant said that some cases had been found in people having a travel history while most of them were locally transmitted. The masses should adopt strict precautionary measures to avoid contracting the Omicron variant, he said.

In an alarming trend, the positivity ratio of COVID-19 cases in Karachi has reached beyond nine percent, the provincial health department said on Thursday amid concerns over rising cases of Omicron variant.

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Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that apart from COVID -19 cases the infection rate of Omicron variant has started increasing in the province, citizens need to follow the SOPs, otherwise it would turn alarming.  

Some cases have been found in people having travel history while most of them are locally transmitted, says Murad Shah

In a statement issued here from CM House on Thursday, Murad Ali Shah said that between December 28, 2021 to January 2, 2022, 133 tests were conducted, of them 95 were detected as Omicron variants taking the tally to 268 in the province. He added that a few cases had travel history, otherwise most of them were locally transmitted. It may be noted that earlier Sindh had 173 Omicron cases and with the emergence of 95 new cases the number had increased to 268. “It shows that the new variant was spreading fast and needed to be controlled through precautionary measures,” he said.

Giving details of the daily situation report, the CM said that two more patients of coronavirus died overnight lifting the death toll to 7,678 that constituted 1.6 percent death rate. Syed Murad Ali Shah said that 17,702 samples were tested which detected 759 cases that constituted 4.3 percent current detection rate.

He added that so far 7,214,489 tests had been conducted against which 483,728 cases were diagnosed as positive, of them 96.8 percent or 468,467 patients had recovered, including 105 overnight. The CM said that currently 7,583 patients were under treatment, of them 7,386 were in home isolation, 48 at isolation centres and 149 at different hospitals. He added that the condition of 142 patients was stated to be critical, including 16 shifted to ventilators.

Syed Murad Ali Shah said that out of 759 new cases, 648 had been detected from Karachi, including 240 from South, 237 East, 100 Central, 31 Korangi, 26 West and 14 Malir. Shaheed Benazirabad has 14, Nausheroferoze 13, Hyderabad 10, Tharparkar 9, Sujawal 7, Kamber, Tando Allahyar and Shikarpur 6 each, Larkana and Sukkur 5 each, Ghotki, Thatta and Jacobabad 4 each, Tando Muhammad Khan and Umerkot 3 each, Badin, Matiari, Mirpurkhas, Sanghar, Kashmore and Jamshoro 2 each.

Sharing vaccination data the CM said that 29,951,245 vaccinations had been administered upto January 4 and added during the last 24 hours 182,533 vaccines were inoculated – in total 30,133,778 vaccines have been administered which constituted 54.64 percent of the vaccine eligible population.


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