Corona cases in Sindh soar to 1036, toll now 20: CM

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Wednesday confirmed that 50 new cases of novel coronavirus have reported on Wednesday, taking the provincial tally to 1036.
In a video statement, the chief minister said that two more have died from COVID-19 during the last 24 hours. He said the death toll in Sindh province stands at 20.
Murad Ali Shah said that overall 10981 coronavirus tests had been conducted in the province so far, whereas, 280 patients have recovered from COVID-19 thus far. He said the government is striving to increase the daily COVID-19 testing capacity.
CM Murad has asked the people to observe the day of religious reverence at home and offer prayers from the safety of their residential confines. “Lockdown has been made stricter across the province on account of Shab-e-Barat”, said Murad.
Earlier in the day, Sindh government spokesperson said that the people intending to make their way to the cemeteries will be stopped and asked to go back, no such action will be allowed which could gather a possible crowd at one place at one time.
Those that are found disobeying the protocol would have to deal with the legal consequences of their actions, said the Provincial government spokesperson.
Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah on Tuesday, had directed the law enforcement authorities to implement the lockdown in the province.
“I want a strict lockdown in place as it happened during the first seven days of the shutdown,” he had said while issuing directives for stricter implementation on closure orders in the province during a consultative meeting of provincial cabinet members.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah and provincial Health Minister Azra Fazal Pechuho on Wednesday met a nine-member delegation of Chinese Health Sector.
During the meeting CM Sindh lauded efforts of China to curb the spread of virus and expressed grief over loss of lives in China.
Murad Ali Shah said, “We need your guidance to control coronavirus and we are increasing our testing capacity as we can perform 2040 tests per day despite our limited resources.” He also requested Chinese doctors to provide rapid testing machinery and testing kits.
On the occasion, Chinese delegation said that Government of China wants to help Sindh government in every possible way. They also advised people to open their windows and breathe fresh and natural air.
Delegation from China also advised CM Sindh to also keep asymptomatic patients in isolation and avoid formation of crowds during ration distribution. – NNI

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