Coronavirus infection rate hits 23.6% in Karachi
The coronavirus positivity percentage in Karachi has reached 23.6% on Sunday, the Sindh Health Department said, with the provincial government pitching up to enforce restraints from tomorrow.
The health department said 3,091 tests were performed in the city in the last 24 hours, of which 725 cases came back positive, taking the cities ratio for positivity to 23.6%.
Whereas the provincial health department said the number of COVID-19 patients is above average than they were during June, as it is noted that it is the Delta variant that first appeared in India that was affecting the rapid propagate of the disease.
Karachi’s four main hospitals are operating at full capacity and a total of 1,100 patients are declared there, according to official figures.
19 more patients died overnight, lifting the province’s death toll to 5,833 claimed Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah.
Furthermore, the CM in a statement, said 2,343 new cases surfaced after 18,122 tests were performed taking the province’s disease rate to 12.7%.
Sindh to enforce COVID-19 restrictions again
Previously, the Sindh government had declared it is reimposing the coronavirus limits in the province starting Monday after the positivity ratio in the province crossed 10%.
The verdict came during a meeting of the Provincial Coronavirus Task Force presided by Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah.
New restrictions which will be enforced from Monday:
- Educational institutions to remain closed from July 26 to 31.
- Exams will be held as per schedule.
- Offices — private and public — to function at 50% capacity.
- “Complete ban” on all functions and gatherings, including indoor and outdoor weddings.
- All public places remain closed for visitors.
- Indoor, outdoor dining banned at restaurants
- Restaurants to offer takeaway till 10 pm and delivery services till 12am.
- Businesses to operate from 6 am-6 pm.
Stand-alone grocery stores, milk shops, bakeries, fruit/vegetable vendors, and pharmacies, however, are exempted from this rule.
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