Micro smart lockdowns imposed in Karachi, 100-bed isolation facility to be set up at Jinnah Airport

Authorities have imposed micro-smart lockdown in multiple localities across Karachi amid significant COVID-19 surge in the metropolis.

Karachi has been subjected to exponential spread of novel ‘Delta’ variant of COVID-19 forcing the authorities to impose micro-smart lockdowns in several areas across Karachi.

Micro-smart lockdowns have been imposed in Gulberg, North Nazimabad, North Karachi, Liaquatabad and as at least 506 cases of Delta variant have been reported in these areas.

Given the alarming rise in cases, Pakistan Medical Association Secretary-General Dr Qaiser Sajjad has suggested imposing a 15-day lockdown in the metropolis.

Dr Sajjad believes that if we count those people who have not taken a PCR test for COVID-19, the positivity ratio in the city has likely reached 40%.

Jinnah hospital, which is being headed by Dr Seemin Jamali, has moved to a third ward after running out of space in two of its wards within four days. Karachi Administrator Laeeq Ahmed told him Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, too, ran out of space in its first ward and has now set up a second one for COVID-19 patients. The hospital had to import machinery for the new ward.

Separately, Sindh government has decided to establish a 100-bed isolation facility at Karachi’s Jinnah Airport.

The chief secretary asked the Karachi commissioner and Malir deputy commissioner to establish a 100-bed facility to isolate passengers diagnosed with coronavirus. The Provincial Disaster Management Authority in Sindh would provide all the necessary facilities for the purpose.

Furthermore, another 100-bed COVID-19 isolation facility would also be established at the Karachi Expo Centre.