699 fresh coronavirus cases reported in Sindh: Murad

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Sindh CM stresses emergency steps for curbing locust attacks

By Malik Najmussaqib

KARACHI: As many as 699 new cases of the novel coronavirus were detected in Sindh over the past 24 hours, rising the tally of infections to 24,206 across the province, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said yesterday.

Among 699 fresh cases, 559 have been diagnosed in Karachi, Shah said. In a video statement on the coronavirus situation yesterday, Chief Minister Shah said that 2,177 tests were conducted in Sindh during 24 hours, while six more people died from COVID-19, taking the number of fatalities to 380 in the province. A total of 163,805 tests have been conducted in the province, the CM said.

He said 235 coronavirus patients have been in critical condition and 42 of them are on ventilators.

The tally of total coronavirus patients under treatment in Sindh has been 14,556 and 12,836 among them were under treatment at homes. While 793 being kept at isolation centres, 927 patients have been admitted at various hospitals across the province, Murad Ali Shah said.

He said, 755 more patients have recuperated from the disease and discharged to their homes as the number of people defeating the deadly virus has reached to 9270 mark.

Murad Ali Shah has appealed people to follow precautionary measures to defeat the Covid-19. Confirmed coronavirus cases in Pakistan on Wednesday jumped to 59,151 after the country reported 1,441 new cases during last 24 hours.

So far 19,142 patients have recovered from the deadly virus, while 38,784 are still under treatment.

Meanwhile, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah warned yesterday that the next year’s crops would be destroyed if a delay occurred in taking steps to curb locust attacks.

Sindh CM Murad Ali Shah gave the remarks while chairing a high-level meeting for ending locust threats. “The crops for the next year will be destroyed if we don’t step forward to end the locust attacks.”

He said that the Sindh government has sprayed anti-locust pesticides on over 43,935 acres of land at own expenses, whereas, 18,871 acres of land was covered by the federal government.

The anti-locust pesticides spray was conducted on over 62,813 acres of land in Sindh, he added. CM Shah said that the provincial government also sought assistance from the World Bank (WB).

During a briefing, the chief minister was apprised that the locusts are likely to attack crops in Pakistan between August 25 and October 20. It was predicted earlier that fresh swarms of locusts will enter in Pakistan from Iran from May 30 to June 28.

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