As many as 29 more COVID-19 patients have lost their lives in Sindh over the past 24 hours with the majority of deaths occurring in Karachi, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said on Wednesday in his daily statement about the COVID-19 situation in the province.
After 29 deaths, the death toll from infectious diseases has reached 555 in Sindh, he said. “This is a sad day when we lost 29 more people, both men and women, because of COVID-19 in this province over the past 24 hours. The majority of these deaths occur in Karachi. “
CM explained that currently, 1,152 patients with coronavirus infections are undergoing treatment at various hospitals, of which 367 are in critical condition. He added that around 56 patients underwent life support in various health facilities.
A total of 1,824 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the province over the past 24 hours, CM said, adding that the total number of tests carried out in 24 hours was 7,547, which was by far the highest number of tests carried out in one day in Sindh.
“We tested 7,547 samples for the first time in one day in this province, which produced the highest number of 1,824 new cases. Every time, we do more tests, we detect more cases – that means local transmission has spread throughout the Sindh province, “he said.
He added that the number of new positive cases was 24.2 percent of new tests. Shah explained that so far the government has tested 200,093 samples, which detected 32,910 cases which constituted 16.5 percent of the total tests.
CM said the total number of deaths to 555 constituted 1.6 percent of the total COVID-19 patients. At present, 16,333 patients are in care, 15,070 of whom are in isolation homes, 111 in isolation centers and 1,152 in different hospitals.
CM revealed that 487 other patients had recovered during the past 24 hours, after which the number of patients recovering so far reached 16,022, which is 49 percent of the total cases.
He said that of 1,824 new cases, 1,284 cases belonged to Karachi. They included 323 from the Eastern District, 299 from the Southern District, 256 from the Central District, 227 from the Korangi District, 120 from the Malir District and 59 from the Western District.
Speaking of other districts, Shah said Hyderabad had 73 new cases, Ghotki 36 each, Shikarpur 24, Jasmhoro and Kashmore 13, Kamber-Shahdadkot 10, Khairpur and Dadu nine each, Mirpurkhas and Sujawal eight each, respectively Jacobabad each seven, Nawabshah, and Badin each four. , and Sanghar has three new cases. Shah said that with lockdowns easing and public transportation also permissible, people must be more careful to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Sharing data from 97 passengers who died in a plane crash on May 22, CM said 89 bodies identified so far had been handed over to their family members. He added that of 89 bodies, 53 were identified through DNA testing.
He said that currently eight bodies were kept in the morgue, including two in the Chhipa mortuary and six in Edhi’s morgue. He added that the DNA of the three bodies had not been matched.
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