KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said on Tuesday that the dreaded coronavirus reached a new highest level when 19 more patients lost their lives overnight, bringing the total to 299 in the province.
When expressing it in a statement issued here from CM House, Shah said 19 patients had died in the past 24 hours and the number of deaths was the highest since the first death due to Covid-19 was reported on March 19.
“Now Sindh has a total of 299 deaths originating from coronavirus which is 1.6 percent of the total patients,” he added.
The chief minister said that an average of five people affected by the corona virus died every day from March 19 to May 19. “Even though his death was 1.6 percent of the total patients, we have taken 299 bodies in 61 days which is quite painful,” he said. lamented.
He said that currently 135 patients were in critical condition and 34 of them were on ventilators. “May Allah help them recover quickly,” he prayed.
The chief minister said 706 new patients were detected when 3,803 samples were tested. “On one hand, 252 of our patients recovered and on the other hand 706 other patients showed up which means that even though there were 252 patients, 454 were treated,” he added.
Murad Shah said that these figures indicate that the recovery rate is far lower than the infection rate and this figure can be controlled when everyone will follow the SOP.
He said that so far the government had tested 131,376 samples of 17,947 positive cases diagnosed. “The overall percentage of positive cases from total tests stands at 13.7 percent, which is higher than the ratio of various other countries,” he said.
Speaking of Karachi, the chief minister said that of the 706 new cases, 558 were Karachi. They include 134 in the South, 131 in the East, 105 in the Middle, 72 in the West, 58 in Malir and 58 in Korangi. “Karachi as usual is at the peak of local distribution,” he said.
The chief minister said that there were 20 new cases in Hyderabad, 16 in Larkana, 12 in Qambar-Shahdadkot, 10 in Jamshoro, six each in Shikarpur and Sukkur, five in Khairpur, four in Jacobabad, three each in Mirpurkhas, and three in Mirpurkhas, and Sanghar, two each in Dadu, Ghotki and Kashmore, while one each in Badin, Tando Allahyar and Naushahro Feroze.
According to the chief minister, three flights from Washington, Muscat and Jeddah brought 792 Pakistanis stranded to Karachi on May 14, 15 and 16. “They were all tested and the results of which 60 were positive, while the results of 17 passengers were awaited,” he added.
The chief minister once again urged the public to follow the SOP and avoid leaving the house without good reason.
Published in Dawn, May 20, 2020
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