Delta Variant has become the most dominant Covid-19 variant in Karachi, which accounts for 92 per cent of the infection cases in the city.

“Our experts at the National Institute of Virology at the University of Karachi analysed 90 Covid samples on July 14 and 15, and of them, 83 or over 92 per cent, were of the Delta variant. This is an extremely alarming situation,” said Dr Iqbal Chaudhry, director of KU’s International Centre for Chemical & Biological Sciences.

To deal with the rising number of Covid-19 cases, health officials have begun reserving more beds, wards, and human resources at two major tertiary-care hospitals in Karachi.


“A surgical ward comprising 48 beds is being converted into a Covid-19 ward at the Civil Hospital Karachi [CHK], while the pulmonology ward at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre has also been put on standby to deal with the rising cases due to the Delta variant, which is now spreading like wildfire in the city,” a Sindh Health Department official told The News.