KARACHI: The country’s largest coronavirus vaccination center in Karachi has been closed due to a strike by data operators.
Data operators working at the COVID-19 vaccination center established at the Karachi Expo Center have gone on strike over non-receipt of salaries on Saturday.
65 data operators work in one shift at the Expo Center and there are three shifts. They said that the salaries have not been paid for three months and they would not work anymore until the salaries were received. Visitors coming to the Expo Center for vaccination are facing severe problems due to the strike.
39 more deaths due to Coronavirus and 2,783 fresh positive cases of the infection have been reported in the country.
According to the National Command and Operation Centre statistics, 49,247 tests were conducted while positivity ratio remained 5.65 percent. The death toll due to pandemic has now reached 22,760.
On July 16, Minister for Planning Asad Umar had said the people with both doses of vaccine against COVID had seven times lower risk of getting virus compared to those who were not vaccinated.
Urging the people to get vaccinated against the pandemic, the minister had said it was the only way to get rid of the disease.
The Indian variant, he had said had the worst impact on the whole region but the good news was that if you got vaccinated, the risk would minimise.
He had said the world had praised Pakistan’s strategy to cope with the pandemic, therefore in order to maintain the positive image, all Pakistanis were urged to get vaccinated and follow SOPs against the pandemic.