Coronavirus cases soar to 234,509; 4,839 die so far | Pakistan Today

Coronavirus cases soar to 234,509; 4,839 die so far

–Covid-19 claims 42 more lives, infects 1,614 others in Sindh

–NCOC notes over 7,494 violations of SOPs, health guidelines

ISLAMABAD: A total of 2,691 new cases of coronavirus surfaced during the last 24 hours taking the tally to 234,509, said National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Tuesday.

The death toll from the virus has reached 4,839 with 77 more deaths were reported over the last 24 hours. A total of 24,577 coronavirus tests were carried out during the aforementioned period.

The total reported cases include 82,669 in Punjab, 96,236 in Sindh, 28,236 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), 10,841 in Balochistan, 13,557 in Islamabad, 1,587 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 1,383 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). So far 134,957 patients have recovered and the total active cases in the country are 94,713

COVID-19 CLAIMS 42 MORE LIVES IN SINDH:

Coronavirus claimed 42 more lives on Tuesday, lifting the death toll to 1,614 and infected 1,388 others, raising the provincial cases tally to 97,626.

In a statement issued from CM House, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said that overnight 42 more patients of coronavirus lost their lives, lifting the death toll to 1,614 which constituted a 1.7 per cent death rate. “Till Monday the death rate in Sindh was 1.6 per cent,” the chief minister said and added this needed to be controlled through awareness and timely treatment.

CM Murad said that 1,388 more cases of coronavirus were detected after conducting 9,317 tests that constituted a 15 per cent current detection rate.

He said that overall, 524,222 samples had been tested which diagnosed 97,626 cases, of them 54,676 patients had recovered, including 821 overnight.  The overall recovery rate comes to 56 per cent and detection rate 19 per cent, he added.

The CM said that currently 41,336 patients were under treatment, of them 39,713 in home isolation, 349 at isolation centers and 1,274 in different hospitals.

He added that currently the condition of 650 patients was stated to be critical, among them 76 have been put on ventilators.

According to the statement, out of total 1,388 new cases Karachi has 629 cases, 233 South, 164 East, 85 Central, 44 Korangi, 65 Malir and 38 West.

He added that Khairpur has 86, Hyderabad 69, Umerkot 66, Sanghar 66, Shaheed Benazirabad 64, Sukkur 48, Korangi 44, Kashmore 41, Badin 39, Jamshoro 37, Nausheroferoze 27, Matiari 16, Mirpurkhas 16, Tando Allahyar 14, Shikarpur 10, T M Khan, Larkana and Jacobabad seven each, Dadu three and Ghotki one.

The chief minister urged people of Sindh to be cautious and adopt standard operating procedures (SOPs) as part of life.

OVER 7,494 VIOLATIONS OF SOPS, HEALTH GUIDELINES NOTED:

Meanwhile, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) said over 7,494 violations of health guidelines were noted during last 24 hours across Pakistan.

According to NCOC, in consequence of the violations more than 604 markets and shops and 981 transporters were fined and sealed as per the violation. However, the provincial governments and the governments of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) were making all-out efforts to enforce health guidelines and instructions for public safety and well-being to contain coronavirus spread.

In AJK, 1,102 violations were recorded and in response 28 markets and shops were closed and sealed, 182 transport vehicles were fined as per violations.

In GB, 135 violations of health guidelines were observed, 44 markets and shops were closed and sealed and seven transport vehicles were fined as per violations.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), 3,323 violations were observed where in consequence 147 markets and shops were closed and sealed and seven transport vehicles were fined as per the violation.

In Punjab, a total of 1,925 violations were recorded whereas in consequence 324 markets and shops were closed and sealed, and 531 transport vehicles were fined as per the violation.

In Balochistan, 434 violations were observed where 44 markets and shops were closed and sealed 167 transport vehicles were also fined as per the violation.

In ICT, 30 violations of standard operating procedures (SOPs) and health guidelines were noted whereas in consequence 3 markets were closed and sealed and 2 transport vehicles were fined as per the violation.

In Sindh, 545 violations were recorded whereas in consequence 32 markets shops were sealed and closed and 105 transport vehicles were fined as per the violation.

Similarly, as many as 352 smart lockdowns have imposed in 55 districts with 2.6 million population.

Moreover, 23 areas in Punjab with population of 621,236 persons, 33 areas in Sindh with 893,821 persons, 244 areas in KP with 836,390 persons, 30 areas in AJK with 87,478 persons, five areas in Islamabad with 65,000 persons and 17 areas in GB with 151,317 persons were kept under smart lockdown.



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