KARACHI: Concerned about Omicron and an alarming increase in new COVID–19 cases in Karachi as the country enters its fifth wave of the pandemic, parents have requested that the Sindh government take immediate action to halt the virus’s spread.
On Saturday, officials from the Sindh health department reported an alarming increase in COVID-19 cases in Karachi, with a viral positivity ratio of more than 15%.
According to the chairman of Dow Diagnostic Research and Reference Laboratory, 87 percent of COVID-19 cases in Karachi are of the Omicron variety.
Reacting to the worsening COVID-19 situation in the metropolis, a parent, Syed Muhammad Aqeel Abidi termed it “Absolutely terrible”.
Taking to Twitter, he said, “The kids should be given a week off, at least a week lockdown is needed to halt this boom.”
Another said, “Positivity rate is alarming in Karachi. Schools need to be closed to keep the kids safe.”
Declaring the situation “alarming”, Maimona Iftikhar said,” The government should take steps to stop this immediately. But unfortunately, our government is waiting for peak .it’s sad.”
Another user, Ali Umer Shaikh urged the NCOC to close educational institutions for at least a couple of weeks.
Karachi administrator warns of strict action
In view of the recent spike in NCOC cases in Karachi, Murtaza Wahab, the city administrator, Monday warned of strict actions.
He urged the people to get themselves vaccinated against the virus and adhere to the SOPs to help the government in the war against the virus.
The government was closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation, the Karachi administrator said, adding that if people continued to defy the SOPs, no other option would be left except to take stringent measures.
The government, however, will make decisions based on the ground realities, he added.