–China sends medical supplies to Sindh; police arrest over 400 people for hoarding, violating Section 144
LAHORE/KARACHI: The number of coronavirus deaths in the country on Wednesday touched eight after a Rawalpindi woman reportedly died of the deadly virus whereas the number of total cases have crossed 1,000.
According to the national dashboard, maintained by the federal ministry of health, another patient of coronavirus has passed away taking the nationwide toll to eight. The deceased had been under treatment since March 21.
Swat, hitherto safe, also reported its first case on Wednesday. District Commissioner Swat Saqib Raza Aslam has confirmed the first case of coronavirus in the area. According to Aslam, the patient had returned from the US one week ago. His family has been quarantined.
The total number of cases in the country by Wednesday evening was 1,078. Sindh has reported 413 cases so far, whereas the toll in Punjab with the emergence of new cases has reached 323. Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have 119, 121 cases, respectively.
Islamabad as reported 20 cases so far, whereas the Gilgit-Baltistan region and Azad Jammu Kashmir have 81 and one cases, respectively.
In the wake of a steady rise in the number of cases, the Sindh government had imposed a complete lockdown in the province, while Punjab, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa opted for partial lockdowns. Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu Kashmir are also shut down due to the spread of the disease.
However, these measures adopted recently have yet to bear fruit as the authorities concerned struggle to keep people at home. In Sindh, the government arrested over 400 people found for flouting Section 144 and selling sanitizers and masks at exorbitant rates in addition to indulgence in hoarding.
According to police, the people were arrested for violating Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure and for hoarding. Sindh Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mushtaq Ahmed Mahar has urged the general public to stay at home to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Karachi and other parts of the province.
HELP FROM CHINA:
China on Wednesday sent a cargo plane carrying medical equipment to Sindh, posted the Chinese embassy in Pakistan on Twitter. It said a cargo plane carrying N-95 masks and other protective equipment had been dispatched to Karachi.
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah arrived at Jinnah International Airport to receive the donations, which consisted of 500,000 masks, including N95 masks, and 50,000 coronavirus test kits. “These masks and kits will be distributed all over the country,” the chief minister said.
Meanwhile, Sindh Transport Minister Owais Qadir Shah urged the provincial chief executive Murad Ali Shah to take strict action against people who are violating the lockdown in order for it to be effective.
“He (Murad) should impose a curfew if he has to, this is a matter of people’s health,” he said. Owais added that there are reports that events are still being held in some areas, defeating the purpose of a lockdown.