According to federal health ministry officials, the coronavirus positivity ratio in Karachi has surpassed 40% due to an increase in COVID-19 infections caused by the Omicron variant outbreak, a news report.
According to officials, 2,902 new infections were reported in Karachi overnight after 7,232 diagnostic tests were performed.
The city’s positivity rate has risen to 40.13 percent, the highest since the pandemic began.
Apart from Karachi, seven other cities in Pakistan reported a positivity rate of more than 10%, according to the officials.
According to the statistics, Muzaffarabad had the highest positivity rate at 21%, followed by Lahore (15.15%), Hyderabad (14%), Islamabad (12%), Peshawar (11%), and Rawalpindi (10.26%).
Furthermore, alarm bells rang in Karachi when two major health facilities in the city reported a record number of patients’ admissions, according to The News.
According to the report, patients with breathing problems and other coronavirus-related issues are being admitted to hospitals in large numbers.
As of Tuesday, the Sindh Infectious Disease Hospital at NIPA Karachi had 82 patients, 32 of whom were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and seven of whom were on ventilators. Two of the patients were children under the age of 16, according to officials.
In Sindh, COVID-19 has claimed six more lives in the last 24 hours. The majority of the fatalities were reported in Karachi.