KARACHI – As many as 13 more COVID-19 patients lost their lives, bringing the death toll to 2,858 and 1,382 new cases when 11,738 tests were conducted. This was disclosed by Chief Minister (CM) Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah in a statement issued on Tuesday.
He added that 13 more patients died overnight bringing the death toll to 2,858 which is a 1.8 percent mortality rate. Murad Ali Shah said that 11,738 tests were carried out on 1,382 diagnosed cases which is 11.8 percent of the current detection rate.
He added that so far 1,917,813 samples had been tested which detected 166,033 cases, of which 88.5 percent or 146,957 patients recovered, including 591 overnight. CM said currently 16,218 patients were being treated, of whom 15,535 were in home isolation, 12 in isolation centers and 671 in different hospitals. He added that the condition of 619 patients was declared critical, including 74 people who had switched to a ventilator.
Murad Ali Shah said, of the 1,382 new cases, 1,091 were detected from Karachi, among them 503 from the East, 257 from the South, 134 from the Middle, 86 from Malir, 82 from Korangi and 29 from the West. Hyderabad has 70 each, Sujawal 49, Dadu 21, Thatta 18, Naushehroferoze and Ghotki 12, Umerkot and Jamshoro 11 each, Tando Allahyar and Mirpurkhas 10 each, Shaheed Benazirabad six, Larkana three, Matiari and Tharparkar respectively two each, Badin, Jacobabad, Kashmore, Sanghar, Sukkur and tando Mohammad Khan respectively. The Chief Minister of Sindh appealed to the provincial community to follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) to save themselves and their families from the pandemic.
The COVID-19 infectious disease and research center are functioning at ASH
Karachi Administrator and Commissioner Iftikhar Ali Shallwani on Tuesday said that the COVID-19 Infectious Disease and Research Center was functioning at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.
A 120-bed center equipped with an isolation ward, a High Dependency Unit (HDU), has experienced doctors, professors and experts, the administrator delivered this statement during a speech held at the Center for COVID-19 Infectious Disease and Research at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital .
Masood Alam’s Senior Coordination Director, Senior Director of Health and Medical Services Dr Salma Kausar, Executive Director of Karachi Heart Disease Institute Dr Asadullah Hussaini, Medical Superintendent of Abbasi Shaheed Hospital Dr Nadeem Rajput and other relevant officials were also present at the occasion.
He said there were 25 ventilators in the hospital. He asked doctors and paramedics to also take precautions by using precautions and following standard operating procedures (SOPs) when treating COVID-19 patients.
Shallwani said that Abbasi Shaheed Hospital is the third largest hospital in Karachi and serves most of the city, especially in privileged areas. He said the house was carrying out COVID-19 testing at no cost.
“Doctors and other healthcare workers are our heroes who treat patients at the risk of their own lives,” he added.
Speaking of the lockdown after an alarming surge in the number of COVID-19 patients, administrators said that restrictions may be imposed in more areas, while shopping malls may be closed once again to control the spread of the new coronavirus.
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