PAKISTAN NEWS: Pakistan reports more than 500 cases of COVID-19, killing six people in 24 hours

According to the state-run COVID portal, Pakistan recorded 556 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, and six deaths were recorded, the Express Tribune reported.

Pakistan has recorded 1,295,933 cases against COVID-19 since the outbreak began. At least 28,933 people have been infected.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s COVID positivity level has risen to 1.08 percent, reports the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC).

In addition, the 15-day micro-smart closure was placed in the 7th Gulshan-e-Iqbal area of ​​Karachi after at least 12 separate Omicron cases appeared in the area, the Express Tribune reported.

In exercising the powers conferred on it under Section 3 of the Sindh Epidemic Diseases Act 2014 (as amended in 2020), I, Taha Saleem, Deputy Commissioner of the Karachi East Regional Commission, hereby impose prudent closure and micro-smart closures, which will be enforced on roads and local housing. in the order in which they are provided below, the prescribed period is only two weeks, ”reads the notice of the deputy commissioner’s office.

Following the imposition of smart lockdown, all types of public gatherings in the area will be banned, the notice said, adding that the government would enforce the implementation of SOPs, the Express Tribune reported.

“In order to reduce the transmission and spread of COVID-19, in addition to mandatory masking interventions and community interventions, it is also important to ensure segregation, communication monitoring and evaluation are the three pillars of the TTT (TTQ) Covid-19 capture strategy,” the statement added.

According to the notice, the restrictions will remain in effect until January 14 to avoid health problems.

On Tuesday, the National Institute of Health confirmed 75 cases of Omicron strain of COVID-19 nationwide, reports The Express Tribune.

“As the WHO (World Health Organization) appointed Omicron as a worrying variant on November 26, 2021, the NHSRC (National Health Systems Resource Center), NCOC, NIH (National Institute of Health) and provincial health departments are still standing. different from Pakistan, “read an official statement.

“The first case of Omicron’s variation of COVID-19 was reported on December 13 in Karachi. As of December 27, 2021, 75 cases of Omicron have been confirmed – 33 in Karachi, 17 in Islamabad and 13 in Lahore,” he added. .

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