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COVID-19 claims five more lives, infects 316 others in Sindh: CM

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah Friday said that five more patients of coronavirus died lifting the death toll to 2517 and 316 more infected with virus when 12990 samples were tested raising the tally to 137,783.

In a statement issued here from CM House, Syed Murad Ali Shah said that 12,990 samples were tested against which 316 new cases emerged that came to 2.4 percent current detection rate.

He added that so far 1,387,758 tests have been conducted which detected 10 percent or 137,783 cases against which 95 percent patients or 130,730 patients recovered, including 220 overnight.

Syed Murad Ali Shah said that currently 4536 patients were under treatment, of them 4250 in home isolation, seven at isolation centers and 270 at different hospitals.

He added that the condition of 200 patients was stated to be critical, including 37 shifted to ventilators.

According to the CM Sindh, out of 361 new cases, 223 have been detected from Karachi.

They include 108 from East, 56 South, 32 Central, 23 Malir, seven West and six Korangi.

He added that Hyderabad has nine cases, Badin eight, Dadu and Kambar five each, Jamshoro four, Larkana three, Ghotki, Matiari and Tando Mohammad Khan two each, Mirpur, Naushehroferoze, Sukkur, Tando Allahyar and Thatta one.

The chief minister urged people of Sindh to observe standard operating procedures (SOPs) because cases are on the rise.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.