No social distancing in slums: Karachi again leads with highest number of COVID-19 cases

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By Muhammad Abid

KARACHI: Pakistan’s port city once again led in terms of the number of coronavirus cases in Sindh, recording yesterday 269 of the province’s 341 new patients over the past 24 hours, with Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah saying social distancing was not being observed in the economic hub’s slums despite serious efforts.

Shah said cases were rising day by day as social distancing was not being practised in the katchi abadis, or informal settlements despite efforts from officials and authorities.

It is regardless next to impossible to do so as slums are highly-populated areas of the metropolis, with closely-knit communities and people often living in cramped spaces with inadequate facilities.

Of the 269 cases, 90 were in the East district, 50 in South, 40 in Korangi, 39 in West, 30 in Malir, and 20 in Central. Karachi — the worst-affected division — had on Sunday reported 301 of the province’s 383 new cases.

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