KARACHI: The number of coronavirus cases in the province on Wednesday reached 676, including 274 in Karachi, whereas 338 of these cases are of local transmission which means 50 per cent of the total cases.
This was told to a meeting of the Coronavirus Taskforce held with Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Syed Murad Ali Shah here at the CM House.
The meeting was told that so far, 5,742 out of the 6,578 people who were tested, were declared free of the novel virus, however, 676 were positive. Out of these 676 cases, 373 were in Karachi, 265 in Sukkur, one in Dadu, 128 in Hyderabad, seven in Larkana, two in Jamshoro and one in Jacobabad.
At present, 229 patients are in home isolation while 27 patients have been cured. Similarly, 23 Iran-returned pilgrims have also recovered whereas 47 are under treatment and eight have died.
The meeting was also told that government hospitals have reported 1,874 pneumonia cases out of which 124 were tested for corona while private hospitals reported 702 cases and 27 of them were tested.
It may be noted here that the government is focusing on severe pneumonia cases so that the threat of COVID-19 could be tracked properly.
The chief minister also participated in the prime minister’s meeting on the situation through a video link.
He said that if the federal government was opening flight operations then it would have to develop an SOP of testing each and every passenger at the airport and make necessary arrangements for their quarantine.
He said that Sindh had banned goods transport as he has already taken necessary measures for food security. “The Sindh Food Department began the procurement of wheat from last Monday and we have set a target of procuring 1.4 million tons of wheat,” he added while assuring that businesses related to medicines and food would remain operational.
At the end of the meeting, the Sindh chief minister also supported the proposal of continuing the lockdown till April 14.