By Malik Najmussaqib
KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said yesterday that 662 new cases of the coronavirus have been diagnosed across the province, while six more people lost their lives in the battle against the pandemic.
In a message from the CM House, Murad said that the death toll has reached to 118 in Sindh, rising to 1.76% of the total patients.
The chief minister said that 3,384 tests were conducted out of which 622 new cases emerged. He added that 57,761 samples have been tested so far in total, out of which 6,675 tested positive.
“At present 5,262 patients are under treatment, of them 4,044 or 77 percent are at home isolation, 733 at isolation centers and 485 at different hospitals,” he said.
Murad said that 45 patients were in a critical condition, while 16 were fighting for their lives on ventilators.
Giving details of the stranded Pakistanis, the chief minister said that 483 landed at the Karachi airport by three flights from Dubai, Sharjah and Colombo. He added that 190 passengers were diagnosed as positive when they were tested.
Shah said that out of the 190 positive cases, 92 belonged to Sindh, 56 to Punjab, 24 KPK and 18 to Balochistan.
In Sindh, Shah said that 17 cases have been diagnosed from Ghotki, 19 Hyderabad, 11 Jacobabad, 23 Larkana, 15 Shikarpur and six in Sukkur. The chief minister said that if the 190 positive cases of stranded Pakistanis were excluded from the total number of cases, then the local cases would amount to 472 for Sindh.
“This figure shows that the pandemic is still playing havoc in Sindh,” he said, adding that this situation called for strict observance of social distancing and preventive measures laid down by the WHO. Sharing Karachi’s data, the chief minister said that 446 cases have been reported from the total diagnosed.
According to the breakdown, 173 belonged to district Malir, 92 East, 70 South, 56 Central, 33 West and 22 in Korangi.