LAHORE : The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) is concerned over the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in Pakistan as the positivity ratio has reached 6 per cent in the country according to the National Command Operation Centre (NCOC).
The PMA had already warned that the cases will increase if the corona SOPs were not followed, said a press release issued here on Saturday. PMA (Centre) Secretary General Dr SM Qaisar Sajjad said the positivity ratio had reached to 20 per cent in Karachi which was alarming. The worst of all is the presence of Delta variant in the country. So far about 150 cases of this lethal variant have been detected in Karachi and 50 cases have been detected in Lahore. It’s an Indian originated version of coronavirus which caused a significant destruction in India and nowadays it is devastating Indonesia. Unfortunately, this variant is more contiguous and causes more severe illness. Its symptoms are bit light in the beginning like sore throat, body ache, low grade fever and flue but suddenly the patient feels respiratory intricacy and get serious. “We fear it could spread countrywide because the people from Karachi and Lahore are going to other cities and provinces of the country for upcoming Eid celebrations. We request the government to implement SOPs strictly to avoid any untoward situation in the country,” the PMA office-bearer said.
The PMA also requested the public to follow the SOPs. The country is already facing threat of fourth wave of the COVID-19 so the citizens should continuously take precautionary measures to keep themselves and others safe from the pandemic, the PMA said. The PMA office-bearer also advised the people to get vaccinated immediately. Vaccine is the most protective shield against coronavirus.