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President Alvi tests Covid positive as Pakistan reports 1,000 cases

Asad Umar says no lockdown for now

SAMAA | - Posted: Jan 6, 2022 | Last Updated: 2 weeks ago
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Posted: Jan 6, 2022 | Last Updated: 2 weeks ago
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President Arif Alvi has tested positive for Covid-19 for a second time in less than a year. It comes as Pakistan on Thursday reported more than 1,000 coronavirus cases in a day for the first time since October 14, 2021. President Alvi had earlier tested positive for Covid-19 in March 2021. In a tweet on Thursday, the president said he had experienced the symptoms, including soar throat, for the past four or five days and the test results had confirmed that he was Covid-19 positive. President Alvi has urged people to follow Covid-19 related SOPs. وازا مرضت فھوا یشفیناور جب میں بیمار ہوتا ہوں تو وہی شفا دیتا ہےI have tested +ive for Covid again. Had a sore throat since 4-5 days & was getting better. Felt mildly feverish for a few hours two nights ago. No other symptoms.So friends plz resume precautions & follow SOPs.— Dr. Arif Alvi (@ArifAlvi) January 6, 2022 In the last 24 hours, 1,085 infections have been recorded, according to the National Command and Operation Centre. Over 600 people are on critical care, while five succumbed to the deadly virus. The positivity rate, on the other hand, has climbed to 2.32%, more than half of what it was two weeks back. Experts say the signs are clear. Pakistan has entered the 5th wave of the virus and it's going to get worse in the upcoming days. Statistics 6 Jan 22: Total Tests in Last 24 Hours: 46,585Positive Cases: 1085Positivity %: 2.32%Deaths :5Patients on Critical Care: 636— NCOC (@OfficialNcoc) January 6, 2022 Health authorities have attributed the sudden rise in the cases to the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus. The high-transmissible strain has, so far, affected Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad the most. Presently, there are over 350 active Omicron cases in the country. At a media briefing on Wednesday, SAPM on Health Dr Faisal Sultan warned that the cases will increase because the new variant spreads at a very fast rate. Even though it is mild, we can’t stay under the impression that it won’t be lethal, he said. The SAPM outlined these precautionary measures to be implemented for defense against the strain: Wear masksGet vaccinatedAvoid crowded areasEnsure proper ventilation at public gatherings. Lockdown In an interview with Geo News later in the day, NCOC chief Asad Umar said the government is not considering imposing a lockdown. "At this time there is no plan of [imposing] lockdowns. We are looking at [Covid] numbers very closely as we shared today what has happened in the rest of the world and what is starting to happen in Pakistan." He reiterated that the focus right now is increasing vaccinations and implementing SOPs previously announced. Dr Azra Pechucho, health minister of Sindh, too, has ruled out chances of a lockdown in the province. She said the decision will depend on the hospitalisation rate. Omicron variant According to the World Health Organisation, Omicron, first reported in South Africa, poses a “very high” risk and could overwhelm healthcare systems. “The overall risk related to the new variant of concern Omicron remains very high,” the UN health agency said in its Covid-19 weekly epidemiological update. “Consistent evidence shows that the Omicron variant has a growth advantage over the Delta variant with a doubling time of two to three days.” In an interview with SAMAA TV's programme Naya Din, Dr Sultan explained that Omicron contributed to the surge in positive cases. People should protect themselves by wearing masks and getting vaccinated because most of the cases are of unvaccinated people, he said. Some people talk about their personal experiences and say that they have experienced mild symptoms, said the SAPM. But he said it is ill-advised to go on what they are saying; only when more cases come forward will we know more about this variant.
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President Arif Alvi has tested positive for Covid-19 for a second time in less than a year. It comes as Pakistan on Thursday reported more than 1,000 coronavirus cases in a day for the first time since October 14, 2021.

President Alvi had earlier tested positive for Covid-19 in March 2021.

In a tweet on Thursday, the president said he had experienced the symptoms, including soar throat, for the past four or five days and the test results had confirmed that he was Covid-19 positive.

President Alvi has urged people to follow Covid-19 related SOPs.

In the last 24 hours, 1,085 infections have been recorded, according to the National Command and Operation Centre. Over 600 people are on critical care, while five succumbed to the deadly virus.

The positivity rate, on the other hand, has climbed to 2.32%, more than half of what it was two weeks back. Experts say the signs are clear. Pakistan has entered the 5th wave of the virus and it’s going to get worse in the upcoming days.

Health authorities have attributed the sudden rise in the cases to the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus. The high-transmissible strain has, so far, affected Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad the most. Presently, there are over 350 active Omicron cases in the country.

At a media briefing on Wednesday, SAPM on Health Dr Faisal Sultan warned that the cases will increase because the new variant spreads at a very fast rate.

Even though it is mild, we can’t stay under the impression that it won’t be lethal, he said. The SAPM outlined these precautionary measures to be implemented for defense against the strain:

  • Wear masks
  • Get vaccinated
  • Avoid crowded areas
  • Ensure proper ventilation at public gatherings.

Lockdown

In an interview with Geo News later in the day, NCOC chief Asad Umar said the government is not considering imposing a lockdown.

“At this time there is no plan of [imposing] lockdowns. We are looking at [Covid] numbers very closely as we shared today what has happened in the rest of the world and what is starting to happen in Pakistan.”

He reiterated that the focus right now is increasing vaccinations and implementing SOPs previously announced.

Dr Azra Pechucho, health minister of Sindh, too, has ruled out chances of a lockdown in the province. She said the decision will depend on the hospitalisation rate.

Omicron variant

According to the World Health Organisation, Omicron, first reported in South Africa, poses a “very high” risk and could overwhelm healthcare systems. “The overall risk related to the new variant of concern Omicron remains very high,” the UN health agency said in its Covid-19 weekly epidemiological update.

“Consistent evidence shows that the Omicron variant has a growth advantage over the Delta variant with a doubling time of two to three days.”

In an interview with SAMAA TV’s programme Naya Din, Dr Sultan explained that Omicron contributed to the surge in positive cases.

People should protect themselves by wearing masks and getting vaccinated because most of the cases are of unvaccinated people, he said.

Some people talk about their personal experiences and say that they have experienced mild symptoms, said the SAPM. But he said it is ill-advised to go on what they are saying; only when more cases come forward will we know more about this variant.

 
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