KARACHI: Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said on Monday that June began with 22 deaths and the detection of 1,402 new cases of the corona virus.
Sharing details about the daily situation of the coronavirus, he said the number of deaths in Sindh had reached 503 and the number of cases had increased to 29,647.
The chief minister said that 6,289 samples were tested which resulted in the detection of 1,402 cases, which constituted 22.3 percent of the tests. He added that so far the provincial government had conducted 187,092 tests, which detected 29,647 cases.
According to Mr. Shah, 22 more patients died from the virus, bringing the death rate to 503 which reached 1.7pc. He added that 342 patients were in critical condition, 71 of whom used ventilators.
He said that currently 14,554 patients from the corona virus were being treated – including 13,346 at home, 113 in isolation centers and 1,095 in different hospitals.
WHO representatives urged key ministers to force people to take preventative measures
The chief minister said that 785 patients had recovered during the past 24 hours and the number of patients recovering so far had reached 14,590, indicating a recovery rate of 49.2 pc.
Providing wise details from the district, the chief minister said that of 1,402 cases, 1,028 belonged to Karachi. “Korangi [district] has 292 cases, 232 East, 193 South, 165 Central, 101 West and Malir 45 cases, “he said.
The chief minister said that Ghotki and Sukkur each had 46 cases, Larkana 38, Hyderabad 25, Mirpurkhas 21, Shikarpur 20, Jacobabad 12, eight each in Khairpur and Jamshoro, four each in Badin and Sujawal, respectively each in Thatta, Dadu and Naushahro Feroze, respectively in the districts of Umerkot, Shaheed Benazirabad and Kashmore-Kandhkot.
He urged the people of Sukkur, Larkana and Ghotki to follow the SOP because cases of local transmission were on the rise in their area.
WHO officials meet CM
World Health Organization (WHO) representative for Pakistan Dr. Palitha Mahipala asked CM Shah and discussed the coronavirus situation in the country, specifically in Sindh.
The meeting was attended by Minister of Health Dr. Azra Pechuho, Dr. Sara Khan from WHO and chief secretary of CM Sajid Jamal Abro.
The chief minister said that he had increased his testing capacity from 200 to 6,600 per day. He added that he was building two separate hospitals for coronavirus in Karachi with a capacity of 250 beds while a similar health facility would be established at the headquarters of another division of the province.
The WHO head of state appreciated the Sindh government’s efforts to control the virus and slow its spread.
He urged the chief minister to take decisive steps to force people to take preventative measures.
The chief minister thanked WHO for supporting and guiding his government to fight the corona virus.
He urged WHO representatives to start a training program for doctors, paramedical staff and nurses handling Covid-19 cases.
Dr Mahipala assured the chief minister that his organization would support the Sindh government in all aspects, including training.
Sharing details of the plane crash, the chief minister said that of the 97 bodies, 87 had been handed over to families. He added that four bodies lay in Chhipa’s mortuary and six bodies in Edhi’s.
According to the chief minister, 48 bodies were identified through DNA while one sample had not been matched.
Published in Dawn, 2 June 2020
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