‘No lockdown in offing’ regardless of Covid surge


The federal authorities in addition to the Sindh authorities dispelled on Thursday any impression that they had been resorting to Covid-induced lockdown, regardless of a surge within the single-day tally of recent instances, which topped 1,000 for the primary time since mid-October.

Planning Minister Asad Umar stated the federal government was not planning any lockdown “for now” within the wake of the unfold of the Omicron variant of coronavirus. A spokesperson for the Sindh Health Department additionally denied any plans for closing workplaces and colleges within the province.

Umar who heads the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) – the nerve centre of the federal government’s anti-pandemic technique instructed a non-public TV channel that the authorities had been presently targeted on vaccination to comprise the virus unfold.

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“For now, we are closely monitoring the numbers from Pakistan and across the globe; we are emphasising on vaccinations,” Umar stated. “Instead of lockdowns, the government is focusing on ramping up vaccinations and strict implementation of the restrictions imposed earlier on certain activities.”

The Sindh Health Department stated on the social networking websites that false rumours of lockdown had been being unfold. The spokesperson admitted that Omicron instances had elevated, however the well being division had not really useful an entire lockdown.

Talking to reporters in Hyderabad, Sindh Health Minister Dr Azra Pechuho put the variety of Omicron instances within the province at greater than 170. However, hours later, an announcement from the Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah revealed that the quantity had risen to 268.

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Dr Pechuho has stated that any choice relating to the lockdown could be taken in view of the variety of sufferers in hospitals. She harassed that vaccination and carrying of facemasks in colleges would assist management the unfold of the infectious illness.

The nation has seen a gradual improve within the Covid instances since final week of December. According to the NCOC day by day replace of the pandemic, 1,085 new infections had been detected over the past 24 hours – the best tally since October 14, 2021, when 1,086 infections had been reported.

The nationwide positivity ratio additionally surged previous 2% additionally for the primary time since October 14. As per the NCOC statistics the two.32% ratio over the past 24 hours confirmed a 0.5% improve over Wednesday’s ratio of 1.8%.


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