KARACHI – Chief Minister of Sindh, Syed Murad Ali Shah, said Monday that his province was far superior to other provinces in conducting COVID-19 tests and laboratories working at a 77 percent capacity.
“We have 19 laboratories to test corona virus samples and they have the capacity to test 6550 samples a day. Now they operate at 77 percent of their capacity,” he said in a statement released from CM House.
The Chief Minister said a coronavirus testing laboratory was also being established in Larkana, in addition to building a special hospital for COVID-19 patients.
He said that 864 new cases of coronavirus had been detected when 4679 samples were tested, now the count had increased to 17,241.
Syed Murad Ali Shah said that 4679 tests last night were carried out which detected 864 cases, including 657 in Karachi.
He added that so far 127,573 samples had been tested that diagnosed 17241 cases which constituted 13.5 percent of the total tests. According to the chief minister, three patients died increasing the number of deaths to 280 which reached 1.6 percent of the total patients.
At present 12,472 patients are being treated, of whom 11,095 or 89 percent are in isolation, 815 or six percent in the Isolation Center and 562 or five percent in the hospital. Syed Murad Ali Shah said that 136 patients were in critical condition including 29 who had used a ventilator.
Syed Murad Ali Shah said that 280 more patients were cured and sent back to lead normal lives but under some SOPs and preventive measures. “We have 4489 patients who have recovered and returned to their homes which is 26 percent of the total patients,” Syed Murad Ali Shah added, “The recovery ratio in the province is static at 26 percent and we are trying to improve it further.” .
The chief minister said that of 864 patients, 657 belonged to Karachi.
He added that 171 new cases had been diagnosed in the East, 141 Malir, 117 South, 94 Central, 75 Korangi and 59 West.
Ghotki has 31 new cases, Hyderabad 30, Larkana 21, Sukkur 17, seven in Kambar-Shahdadkot, five Kashmore-Kandhkot, two each in Matiari and Naushehroferoe and each in Shaheed benazirabad, Khairpur and Jamshoro