Surge in Covid-19 cases seen in Pakistan's commercial capital

Filed on September 30, 2020 | Last updated on September 30, 2020 at 09.08 pm
Pakistan, coronavirus, Karachi
A health worker wearing protective gear is counting nose-swab samples to be tested for coronavirus in Karachi.

(Reuters file)

Authorities on alert after half of total virus cases reported from Karachi alone

Pakistan's trading hub Karachi has witnessed another spike in Covid-19 infections, with the National Command and Operations Centre reporting that 365 out of 747 new cases recorded were detected in the metropolis.

The unusual spike caught the attention of the national decision-making body and a meeting early on Wednesday discussed appropriate measures to contain the spike in cases, Geo TV reported.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Faisal Sultan reportedly emphasised a smart lockdown, contact tracing and a strict adherence to health protocols.

Meanwhile, the Sindh secretary health apprised the forum that the administration is monitoring the situation and appropriate administrative actions will be taken after taking into account disease prevalence in consultation with all stakeholders.

On Tuesday, Sindh government spokesperson Murtaza Wahab warned people to practice caution as coronavirus numbers are rising.

Pakistan has started easing coronavirus curbs after infections in the country began to decline, according to government officials.

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