OMICRON CASES: The Sindh May Close Schools And Colleges Again.
A decision in this regard will be taken within two to three days. image source:

The Sindh government is considering closing schools and colleges in Karachi due to many Omicron cases in Karachi. The development comes a day after the opening of provincial educational institutions after the winter holidays. However, The Sindh Department of Health announced on Tuesday that the authorities were monitoring the situation and would take action within two or three days.

The ratio in Karachi has reached 8.91 percent:

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health, Dr. Faisal Sultan, revealed that the COVID-19 infection rate in Karachi exceeded 8.9 percent and that most cases were of the Omicron variant. Moreover, he said that people should protect themselves by wearing masks and being vaccinated because most cases are for non-vaccinated people.

Fastest spreading variant:

Meanwhile, Syed Murad Ali Shah has instructed the relevant authorities to step up their vaccination campaigns in Karachi and Hyderabad and take action against COVID-19 (SOPs) standard operating procedures. The World Health Organization has said the Omicron variant appears to have a “growth advantage” over the Delta variant, which was previously a rapidly spreading of the virus.

A recent study :

Recent research by the University of Copenhagen, Statistics Denmark, and the Statens Serum Institute (SSI) suggests that the virus may mutate itself against vaccines. The researchers said, “Our findings confirm that the rapid spread of Omicron may be primarily due to the inhibition of the immune system rather than the natural increase in basic transmission.” However, research is yet to be reviewed by peers.

The rate of vaccination in Karachi:

Vaccination rates are very low in Karachi compared to other cities, as only 40 percent have been vaccinated.

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The rate of positive Omicron cases is increasing, especially in Karachi, where the positivity level has grown to six percent from the last two percent. Yet, the NCOC has advised residents to get vaccinated during an increase in coronavirus cases.

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