Lahore, 21st July: Karachi University’s (KU) National Institute of Virology revealed that the Delta variant which first emerged in India now accounts for 100% of cases in the metropolitan city.
Dr. Iqbal Chaudhry, the Director of KU’s International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences said on Wednesday that the Delta variant of COVID-19 now accounts for 100% of cases in Karachi.
Dr. Chaudhry revealed that a day earlier, his institute conducted genome typing of 80 samples and all the cases turned out to be carrying the Delta variant.
The Director added that the Delta variant has become the prevalent type and hence, the ‘wild-type’ of COVID-19 could not be detected in the city anymore.
He said that the positivity ratio at the ICCBS lab was 19-20% while, the health officials from the federal capital reported that the infection rate in Karachi has risen to 16.46%.
Meanwhile, federal health officials reported in the last 24 hours, 8,464 tests were conducted in Karachi out of which 1,393 turned out to be positive, thus taking the infection rate to 16.46%.
According to the latest data received from the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), on Wednesday the total number of active coronavirus cases in Pakistan has crossed the 50,000-mark reaching 51,529.
However, the total number of cases has now reached a grim 1 million milestone. as the government urged people to follow SOPs amid fears of a fourth wave.
Meanwhile, the government has urged the people to follow coronavirus SOPs amid fears of the deadly fourth wave of the Delta variant.
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