Another 16 people, including three women, died in Karachi from a new corona virus between Tuesday and Wednesday while 731 more people were diagnosed with a viral disease in Sindh, including 625 in the city.
This was stated by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah in a statement issued on Wednesday. “Three women out of 16 were victims of COVID-19 in Sindh, all in Karachi, for the past 24 hours. With this death, the number of deaths due to coronavirus has reached 234. This shows that we are still facing an increase in infections and deaths that call for compliance with standard operating procedures [SOPs] in letters and spirit, “CM emphasized.
He stated that 731 more cases of corona virus were newly diagnosed in Sindh when 4,223 samples were tested for 24 hours. The highest number of new COVID-19 patients came from Karachi where 625 people were found to be infected with an infectious disease, he added.
The CM said 731 new cases made 17.3 percent of the 4,223 new tests. “Because we will increase the number of tests, more cases will be detected,” he said, adding that collective efforts were needed to overcome infectious diseases. The health ministry has so far carried out 103,340 tests and diagnosed 13,341 cases in the province, which represents 12.9 percent of the total tests.
After the death of 16 more COVID-19 patients, CM said the number of disease deaths in the province had increased to 234 or 1.7 percent of the total cases. “With God’s grace, our death ratio is relatively low and we are trying to control it by implementing SOPs.”
According to CM, 10,272 patients are currently being treated throughout Sindh. He said 8,840 patients, who constituted 86 percent of the total patients, were in isolation of the house where they were advised by doctors via telephone calls, while 919 and 513 patients had been treated in isolation centers and in different hospitals respectively.
Shah said 606 patients had recovered and returned to their homes. “So far 2,835 patients have recovered and the recovery ratio has reached 21.3 percent, which is encouraging but needs to be increased further and this will be possible when people will start getting themselves voluntarily tested,” he said.
Regarding new cases in Karachi, CM said out of 731 new corona virus cases, Karachi had 625, of whom 140 were from the Eastern District, 127 from the Southern District, 116 from the Malir District, 85 from the Central District, 60 from the Western District and 57 from Korangi District.
He added that experts had indicated that May would see an increase in coronavirus cases. “We have made it easy to lock in the certainty of traders and people that SOPs of social distance, wearing masks and avoiding crowds will be in order today but the results are contradictory,” he said and continued saying that if such attitudes did not change, we would not be able to get rid infectious diseases.
He said the data showed that 4.6 percent of patients who could not survive the disease were aged between 51 and 60 years, 8.5 percent between 61 and 70 years, 11.5 percent between 71 and 80 years and 22.5 percent were 81 year and up.
Sharing the gender distribution of death cases, Shah revealed that 76 percent of them were male and 24 percent were female.
Speaking about other districts in the province, CM said 24 new cases had been detected in Larkana, 22 in Hyderabad, 14 in Ghotki, 10 in Sukkur, eight in Kashmore-Kandhkot, seven in Shikarpur, five in Shaheed Benazirabad, four each in Sujawal and Tando Mohammad Khan, two each in Jacobabad and Naushehro Feroz, and each in the districts of Umerkot, Khairpur, Kamber-Shahdadkot and Jamshoro.
Mental health assistance channel
The CM also launched the Sindh Mental Authority assistance channel 021 & 022-1 111-117-642 to help and support people facing mental health problems during the pandemic.
CM said the aid channel had been developed to meet the needs of psychological crisis interventions related to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. “The corona virus pandemic has caused mental stress, depression, anxiety and other psychological problems among people,” he said and added that people can call from anywhere in the province to the helpline to share their problems with experts and get they suggested.
Earlier, the Chair of Sindh’s Mental Health Authority, Dr. Karim Khuwaja, briefed CM about the relief channel. “If the telephone number is dialed with code 021, it will be connected to the Jinnah graduate institute and when the telephone number is dialed with code 022, it will be connected to the Sir Cowasjee Jahangir Psychiatric Institute, Hyderabad.”
Dr Khuwaja told CM that in both hospitals, prominent psychiatrists would give callers advice. The relief channel facility will be available from 8 am to 3 pm but the time may be extended in the future, he said.
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