The Sindh government on Tuesday decided to bring regulations to provide assistance to people in the midst of the closure of the province due to the new corona virus.
The decision was made at an emergency meeting chaired by Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah in Karachi. The meeting was attended by senior provincial ministers.
The meeting decided to provide assistance to the Sindh people and also made tighter locking up amid the coronavirus pandemic. CM Murad has directed his Advisor to the Law of Murtaza Wahab to prepare regulations in this regard.
It was also agreed at the meeting to take decisive action against factory owners who were found to be involved in locking violations. Cabinet members told the meeting that the owner of a well-known textile factory was recently arrested after he violated a locking order amid a coronavirus pandemic.
The meeting decided to close the factory which was against the government’s orders besides detaining the factory owner. The meeting also formed a committee under the leadership of Education Minister Saeed Ghani to decide on matters relating to reducing school fees.
In addition, Murad Ali Shah also ordered IGP Sindh and the chief secretary to carry out tight locking in all provinces. Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah confirmed that 16 more people had recovered from COVID-19 in Karachi.
Holding a meeting in Karachi, chief minister Murad Ali Shah said that as many as 309 patients had recovered from COVID-19 so far. He said that 54 new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Tuesday, bringing the provincial tally to 986.
Murad Ali Shah further said that one more patient had died from the new corona virus today, while a total of 1,019 coronavirus tests had been carried out in the province so far. By farewell, 16 people who died came from Karachi and 2 deaths were reported in Hyderabad.
A total of 662 people were treated in various provincial hospitals, he added. Sindh CM also paid homage to Dr. Qadir Somroo who lost his life to a coronavirus on Monday night.
Meanwhile, after the emergence of new coronavirus pandemic cases across the country, doctors on Tuesday advised Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah to extend the lockdown in the province to curb the spread of the pandemic.
According to the source, doctors while expressing concern said that if the lockdown was not extended in Sindh province, the number of coronavirus patients would increase which would damage the country’s health care system. Sources said that CM Sindh had decided to hold a consultation during the doctor’s advice. On the other hand, locking in the province has caused billions of rupees of losses and given this situation, the provincial government has decided to bring regulations to provide assistance to various segments.
On the other hand, Murad Ali Shah met the head of a private hospital on Tuesday and asked for their help in fighting COVID-19 in the province.
“I will need your expertise in this fight,” Shah said during a meeting with the hospital’s executive director and CEO. “This is a big fight and the government cannot do it alone. I want to bring you all,” the chief minister said, when the total number of COVID-19 patients in Sindh reached 986.
About 54 new cases were confirmed in the morning, the health department said. These include 45 new cases of local transmission in Karachi, seven new cases of local transmission in Tando M Khan and each one new case in Hyderabad and Shaheed Benazirabad.
One death was also reported in Karachi on Tuesday. The death toll from the virus is currently 18, according to the Sindh health department. Sixteen patients recovered from the virus in Karachi bringing the total recovery to 269 in the province. However, only 10,233 COVID-19 tests have been performed.
“We cannot do the number of tests we have to do because of a lack of kits,” the chief minister said. He told the private sector that additional beds had been arranged in public hospitals for patients even though government resources were scarce.
“All private hospitals are ready to help the Sindh government,” said Dr Asim from Ziauddin Hospital. However, we need personal protective equipment, medicines and test equipment, said Dr. Salman Farid from the Liaquat National Hospital. If the government helps us with supplies, we will be able to treat patients at lower costs.
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