KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah Tuesday said that the number coronavirus cases has reached to 627, including 293 of local transmission while the number of cases on March 30 was 566. “This shows an increase of 61 cases during the last 24 hours.
This he said while reviewing the overall efforts of the government to contain coronavirus in the province here at CM House, said a spokesperson of the CM Sindh.
Syed Murad Ali Shah said that there were 627 confirmed coronavirus cases in Sindh, of them 272 or 43 percent were pilgrims, 62 or 10 percent have travel history and 293 or 47 percent were local transmission.
He added that during the last 24 hours 57 cases of local transmission have been detected.
“The issue is local transmission and we have to contain it through strict measures,” Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad said.
The health department told the chief minister that in 45 hospitals with 505 beds have been provided with the required facilities of isolation and treatment of COVID-19 patients.
At present 315 patients are under treatment, of them 310 are stable and five are in in critical condition.
Some 263 are in quarantine at their homes and 42 have recovered while seven patients died.
The Sindh health department has tested 1388 samples of the suspects against which 1329 results have been received, of them 272 or 20 percent have been diagnosed as positive.
Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said that the purpose of lockdown would be served when everyone would observe social distancing voluntarily. “I would request our people to please stay home, be safe and let other to be safe,” he said.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has directed provincial ministers Imtiaz Shaikh and his team to get the required data from the relevant agencies such as NADRA and PDMA so that relief work could be started in the province.
Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah held a meeting with his relief team comprising Imtiaz Shaikh, Saeed Ghani, Nasir Shah, Murtaza Wahab and Haris Gazdar and they told him that they were ready to start the relief work.
“We have requested the relevant agencies such as NDMA and NADRA to provide the required data. “We are waiting for data so that work could be started,” they told the Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad.