Asad Umar warns ‘rapid build up’ of COVID-19 patients in hospitals

Asad Umar had warned of a fourth COVID-19 wave in Pakistan in July.

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar sounded alarm on Thursday over the rapidly rising Covid-19 hospital admissions and number of critical patients.

“Rapid build up starting to take place in covid patients hospital inflow, as well as patients in critical care. This indian variant has caused devastation in countries in the region,” Umar, who also heads the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), wrote on Twitter.

He appealed to people to follow SOPs and get vaccinated as soon as possible. “Please follow sop’s and get vaccinated as soon as possible. Do not risk your own & others lives.”

Earlier, Asad Umar said there were clear signs of the fourth wave of COVID-19 starting in the country due to poor compliance to SOPs and arrival of the Indian variant. “2 weeks back I had tweeted that our artificial intelligence models are showing possible emergence of 4th wave. Now there are clear early signs of 4th wave starting,” he said.

The NCOC chief had predicted a fourth wave of COVID-19 could possibly occur in July if precautionary SOPs were not adhered to. “Reviewed the artificial intelligence-based disease modeling analysis today in the NCOC,” Umar said in a tweet.

It was reported that the COVID-19 positivity ratio had increased during the last week. The positivity ratio had reached five percent on Thursday as the number of cases kept rising among the third wave.