Sindh ignores warnings about increasing COVID-19 positivity ratio, eases lockdown restrictions
Update: 07 June 2021 06:30 STI
Karachi [Pakistan], June 7 (ANI): Despite warnings about the rising COVID-19 positivity rate, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has relaxed lockdown restrictions imposed 15 days ago.
As announced by the Chief Minister of Sindh, following a meeting of the Sindh Coronavirus Working Group, stores will now be allowed to remain open until 8 p.m., while meals in outdoors, the opening of beaches, lounges and schools and educational establishments in grades 9 and up have been allowed, Geo News reported.
Sindh’s Health Minister Dr Azra Pechuho had warned the government of an increase in the coronavirus positivity ratio in the province.
The positivity rate of COVID-19 cases in Karachi fell from 12.45% on June 1, 2021 to 8.25% on June 5. But it was observed that the death rate among infected patients was still 1.6%, leaving medical experts surprised by the relaxation of restrictions, Geo News reported.
Speaking on the government’s decision to lift restrictions on coronaviruses in Sindh, Dr Qaiser Sajjad, the secretary general of the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) said unless a uniform policy is formulated on the issue of coronaviruses across the country, the situation will not improve. .
Dr Sajjad added that Pakistan will only be able to control the pandemic if 500,000 to 600,000 people are vaccinated every day.
“Vaccination is a very important issue, every person will need to be vaccinated,” he said.
COVID-19 has killed 76 more across Pakistan in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 21,265.
According to data from the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), 1,629 new infections have been recorded. No less than 52,427 samples were tested during this period and the positivity rate of 3.10% was recorded.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has risen to 932,140. (ANI)