Karachi: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah shared the coronavirus announcement with the merchant community at the Sindh Provincial Parliament Building and said it appeared again when 4,215 samples were tested A total of 709 new cases were reported, and another 9 patients were killed, resulting in 189 deaths.
The meeting was attended by provincial ministers, Dr Azra Pechuho, Saeed Ghani, Imtiaz Shaikh, Nasir Shah, Ikram Dharejo, Advisor Law Murtaza Wahab, Mayor Karachi Wasim Akhtar, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, IG Sindh Mushtaq Maher, Home Secretary Usman Chachar, Adl IG Karachi Ghulam Nabi Memon, Qasim Siraj Teli, and leaders of different organizations of the traders, said a statement on Sunday.
At the outset of the meeting, the chief minister said that 4215 tests were conducted against which 17 percent or 709 new cases were detected. He added that the government had conducted 91,323 tests and found 11,480 cases as positive which were 12.6 percent of the total test. “The ratio of positive cases is on the increase because it is peak of the epidemic in Sindh,” he said.
He said that nine patients died while fighting the virus, and the death toll has reached 189, accounting for 1.6% of the total number of patients.
Syed Murad Ali Shah said that there are currently 9,210 patients receiving treatment, of which 7,973 patients or 86% of patients are in family isolation and our doctors are taking care of them. He added that 684% or 8% were in isolation centers and 553% or 6% were receiving treatment in different hospitals.
He revealed that of the 9,210 patients, 99 were in critical condition, 26 of whom had been put on ventilators. He said: “My prayers and the efforts of the doctor will help them recover soon.”
Syed Murad Ali Shah said that 61 patients recovered and discharged. So far, the number of cured patients reached 2081, accounting for 18.1% of the total patients.
The chief minister revealed data from Karachi that of the 709 new cases, 448 were found from the city. He added that 152 cases were found in the Maril region, 145 cases in the southern region, 87 cases in the central region, 81 cases in the eastern region, 54 cases in the western region, and 29 cases in Colangi.
He said since random testing of grocery shops and vegetable venders had been started the number of cases were increasing there. “I would advise the people not to go at shops without masks and must observe social distancing there.”
Syed Murad Ali Shah said 29 cases had been detected from Hyderabad, 19 from Jacobabad, 16 from Shikarpur, 12 Ghotki, 11 each one from Sanghar and Naushehroferoze, six from Sukkur, five from Larkana, four from Shaheed Benazirabad, three each from Jamshoro and Khairpur and two from Tando Allahyar.
The chief minister said as far as the population of the provinces was concerned Sindh was conducting highest number of tests per day though we were conducting tests of suspects only. “Our death ration is also lower than KPK and Punjab,” he said and termed it a result of lockdown.
Syed Murad Ali Shah said all quarantined suspects were being tested and our quarantine facilities were success stories of Sindh having capacity of more than 14000 rooms. “We have highest number of cases under critical care-services which are being utilized as cases are rising,” he concluded.