By Malik Najmussaqib
KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said yesterday that his government was “struggling” to contain the pandemic as the number of deaths and infected persons continued to rise simultaneously.
In a video message, the CM shared that the coronavirus had claimed two more lives, raising the infection death toll in the province to 75. Further, he said, 274 cases had emerged on the day, pushing Sindh’s coronavirus tally to 3,945. Besides, among the infected persons, 49 were in critical condition, including 15 those put on ventilators, he said. “The situation is such, fighting against which we are struggling to slow down the spread of the virus,” he remarked.
Providing a breakdown of the newly-reported 274 cases, the CM said that 202 of them belonged to Karachi and 71 had emerged in other areas of the province. In Karachi, 88 cases were reported in South district, 60 in East district, 28 in Central district, 21 in Malir and six in West district, he added.
“The tally in Karachi has reached 2,285,” he said, explaining that of the stated number of cases, 736 belong to South district, 28 to Central district, 553 to East district and 277 to West district. Speaking with respect to local transmission, the CM said, after Karachi, Sukkur had witnessed the highest number of locally transmitted cases, adding to 14.
“So far, 14 cases of local transmission have been reported in Sukkur, one each in Umerkot, Tando Allahyar, Sanghar, Qambar-Shahdadkot and Badin,” he said.