No decision taken for lockdown in Sindh, says Saeed Ghani

| Pressure on hospitals is not as bad as it was seen during previous waves, says Info Minister

KARACHI - Sindh Minister for Information Saeed Ghani on Saturday said no decision had been taken on the imposition of a lockdown in the province, even as COVID-19 cases continue to rise at an alarming rate.
“The pressure on hospitals is not as bad as it was seen during the previous waves,” he said, adding that the Sindh government has “upgraded” hospitals and people have been vaccinated. It is pertinent to mention here that the Sindh government has banned indoor dining in Karachi and Hyderabad. An amended notification issued by Home Department on Friday stated that all indoor gatherings, events and dining have been restricted in Karachi and Hyderabad till February 15. However, outdoor events are allowed with a maximum of 300 fully vaccinated guests.
Number of patients on critical care surges past 1,000 More than 1,000 patients infected with coronavirus have been shifted to critical care across Pakistan, according to official figures, as the COVID situation worsens due to the Omicron variant.
The number of patients on critical care hit 1,055, up from 961 a day earlier, after the condition of 94 worsened in the last 24 hours, data from the the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) showed. According to the data, the positivity ratio stood at 11.10 percent, down from 12.93 percent a day earlier, with 6,540 infections reported across the country after 58,902 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours.
The NCOC in its meeting decided to recommend a ban on in-flight meals and serving of snacks on public transport. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) was asked to ensure wearing of facemasks and compliance with other standard operating procedures (SOPs) during flights as well as at all airports.
 According to an NCOC statement, the forum discussed the current situation, disease prevalence and proposed NPIs in the wake of rising disease trends in the country, especially in urban centres.

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