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Sindh reports 30 new Omicron infections, cases tally reach 307

Sindh CM urges people to comply with SOPs

KARACHI: The Omicron cases in Sindh have reached 307 after 30 more people tested positive for the highly-contagious variant between January 3 and January 5, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah announced on Friday.

According to a statement, out of 37 samples taken, at least 30 individuals tested positive for Omicron – 81 per cent of the total tests. “Along with 630 new cases, the Omicron infections have reached 307 in the province,” the CM Sindh added.

The chief minister urged the citizens to follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) in the wake of the spread of the virus. “People should observe social distancing protocols, wear face masks in markets, offices and other public spaces”, he implored.

Murad Ali Shah also stressed on the regular use of sanitisers, saying the only way to avoid contracting the virus is compliance with the government-devised precautions.

Meanwhile, the provincial government termed ‘fake’ a notification regarding the new anti-virus restrictions making rounds on social media.

The fake notification dated January 7 had claimed closure of educational institutions till January 31, along with a ban on social gatherings across the province in the wake of the resurgence of the virus.

Pakistan has reported over 1,000 new Covid cases for a second consecutive day, the highest single-day tally of new cases in nearly three months.

In Pakistan, the NCOC chief said that 60% of the cases were reported from two major cities – Karachi and Lahore. “During the last two weeks, they surged by 984% in Karachi alone,” he had said.

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