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Omicron cases continue to rise in Karachi, positivity rate stands at 29pc

KARACHI: 14, JANUARY, 2022: The coronavirus Omicron variant cases continue to rise in Karachi while the positivity ratio has surged 29%, Sindh health department officials said on Friday.
According to details, the novel covid-19 has been diagnosed in 2081 patients in 24 hours in the city, out of them 95% patients are affected from Omicron.
The health department advised that "citizens should get fully vaccinated and administer their booster shots as well to stay safe from coronavirus Omicron variant."
It is pertinent to mention here that, National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Thursday said that only safety we can get against coronavirus omicron variant is vaccination.
In a tweet, National Command and Operation Centre, stated that "the whole world is facing a new wave of coronavirus infections due to Omicron. People are advised to get complete vaccination and stand by their government on the war against coronavirus."
"30% of country’s total population and 46% of eligible population stand vaccinated! In wake of rising threat of Omicron, please get yourself fully vaccinated and follow SOPs! Wear mask, avoid crowded places and ensure social distancing!," it added.
On the other hand, the World Health Organization on Wednesday said the coronavirus omicron variant is dangerous for those who have not been vaccinated against the virus.
WHO boss Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a press conference, "While omicron causes less severe disease than Delta, it remains a dangerous virus, particularly for those who are unvaccinated."
"We mustn’t allow this virus a free ride or wave the white flag, especially when so many people around the world remain unvaccinated. In Africa, over 85 percent of people are yet to receive a single dose of vaccine. We can’t end the acute phase of the pandemic unless we close this gap," he added.
Tedros wanted every country to have 10 percent of their population vaccinated by the end of September 2021, 40 percent by the end of December, and 70 percent by mid-2022, but 90 countries had still not reached 40 percent, 36 of them still short of the 10-percent mark, he said.
He further said The "overwhelming majority” of people admitted to hospitals around the world were unvaccinated.
"More transmission means more hospitalizations, more deaths, more people off work — including teachers and health workers — and more risk of another variant emerging that is even more transmissible and more deadly than omicron."
WHO chief said that the numbers of deaths worldwide had stabilized at around 50,000 per week. "Learning to live with this virus does not mean we can, or should, accept this number of deaths," he said.
WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan added that "This is not the time to declare this is a welcome virus." (04)

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