KARACHI: According to the latest statistics released by Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, the coronavirus situation in Karachi is steadily spiralling out of control, with the city having a 20.34 percent positive rate.
On Friday, 1,314 persons tested positive for the infectious disease, with 867 patients hospitalised at various health facilities, 562 of whom were on high flow oxygen and 177 on low flow oxygen, according to the Sindh Chief Minister’s statistics.
The epidemic claimed the lives of another 25 people in the city, bringing the total number of people killed throughout the province to 5,697. In the meantime, 931 people are being treated in Sindh’s various hospitals. Eight hundred and fifty-seven individuals are claimed to be in serious condition, with 52 on life support.
Sindh reported a total of 1,631 new coronavirus cases, with Karachi accounting for 1,314 of these.
The CM stated that the disease’s death rate in Sindh remained at 1.6 percent. According to him, 1,631 instances were diagnosed out of 18,075 samples, resulting in a current detection rate of 9%.
356 new cases were found in District East, 287 in District Central, 251 in District Korangi, 190 in District South, 122 in District Malir, and 108 in District West of Karachi.
Hyderabad had 52 new cases, Naushero Feroze 26, Thatta 22, Tando Allahyar 16, Jamshoro 15, Shaheed Benazirabad and Badin 14 each, Mirpurkhas, Sujawal, and Tharparkar 10 each, Umerkot 8, Matiari 7, Tando Muhammad Khan 4, Kashmore and Sanghar two each, and Ghotki, Khairpur, and Larkana one each.
To assist restrict the spread of the dangerous disease, the Sindh Chief Minister has encouraged the public to follow COVID-19 standard operating procedures established by the government.
Sindh closes schools and reintroduces indoor dining as the number of cases rises.
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise amid worries of a fourth wave, the Sindh government has decided to close schools, reinstate an indoor dining ban, and impose a slew of additional restrictions across the province.
The decisions were made during a meeting of the Provincial Coronavirus Taskforce, chaired by Sindh Chief Minister, on Wednesday.
Except for the exams of students in class 9 and above, schools have been closed for students of all grades since Friday. For students in grades 9 and up, schools will close once exams are completed.
During the meeting, the chief minister raised concern about the deteriorating COVID-19 situation in Sindh, where the positive ratio has risen dramatically in recent days.
Restaurants, amusement parks, water parks, tourist attractions, movies, gyms, and indoor activities have all shuttered their doors.
The news comes as health officials warn that a fourth wave is on the way due to a lack of adherence to safety standards.
Sindh had gradually relaxed the limitations over the last few months as new cases were dropped.
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