CM Murad orders random COVID-19 tests of people at grocery, vegetable shops


By Malik Najmussaqib

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has directed the health department to start random testing of people at grocery and vegetable shops so that local spread could be checked and contained accordingly.

In a video message released from the Chief Minister House, Shah said that cases of local spread were increasing equally in urban and rural areas. He added that a villager who recently visited Hyderabad and got himself infected there, and when he returned to his village, he infected others, he said and added “we checked his 30 relatives/connections, of them, nine were infected by him,” he deplored and added this was why he had decided to start random testing at grocery shops, vegetable shops and such other places where people go off and on.

Shah said that random checking at grocery shops was aimed at checking the local spread and then take a new strategy to contain the virus further. “I have issued the directive and hoped that the people will cooperate with the field staff of our labs,” he said.

COVID-19: Sindh chief minister sharing the situation report of coronavirus said that 3671 samples were tested as a result of 451 new cases emerged while nine more people lost their lives while struggling against the infection across Sindh province. He said that 3671 tests were conducted between May 5 to May 6 in which 451 new cases were found. The number of tests conducted so far come to 72,544 against which 8640 cases were diagnosed. “451 cases against 3671 tests constitute 12.3 percent positive rate,” he said and added the ratio was high and alarming.

Shah said that nine patients succumbed to the virus infection talking the death toll to 157 which was 1.8 percent of the total patients. “Yes, we have good news also that 60 more patients have been cured and discharged and now the number of patients who defeated the virus and recovered has reached to 1731 which is 20 percent, he said.


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