KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Syed Murad Ali Shah on Saturday revealed that coronavirus claimed 19 more lives while 1,475 new cases emerged within the last 24 hours, raising the provincial death toll and total cases to 634 and 36, 364 respectively.
In a statement issued here from the CM House, the CM said that the death toll now constituted 1.7 per cent of the total patients, adding that 1,475 new cases emerged when 7,030 tests were conducted.
“We have 36,364 cases in Sindh against 222,890 tests conducted so far,” he explained.
Shah said that at present, 17,465 patients were under treatment, of them, 16,138 were in home isolation, 61 at Isolation Centres and 1,266 in different hospitals.
“On the other hand, 388 patients are in critical condition and 58 of them have been put on the ventilators,” he said and prayed for their early recovery.
He said that all the patients in home isolation were being treated properly through telemedicine services.
“The Sindh government has engaged around 500 doctors to keep in touch with patients in home isolation for providing them treatment,” he said and added that in case of emergency, patients are being shifted to hospitals.
According to Syed Murad Ali Shah, 554 patients recovered and were discharged in the past 24 hours while so far, 18,265 patients have recovered which constitutes a 50.3 per cent recovery rate, the highest in the country.
Giving district-wise break-up of the cases, the chief minister said that out of 1,475 cases of the province, 990 were detected in Karachi. These cases include district 366 in East, 223 in Central, 176 in South, 87 in Malir, nine in Korangi and 48 in West.
He said that Ghotki has 97 new cases, Larkana 64, Hyderabad 59, Sukkur 56, Jacobabad 26, Dadu 19, Shikarpur 13, Khairpur 10, Mirpurkhas seven, Sanghar six, Shaheed Benazirabad three, Thatta two, Umerkot, Badin, Jamshoro, Kambar, Kashmore have one each.
The Sindh chief minister urged the people of Sindh to be cautious of the virus and adopt SOPs as a part of life.