Coronavirus Update: Karachi still besieged
KARACHI: Amidst reports that various most affected cities of Pakistan have witnessed significant decrease in their daily number of new of COVID-19 infections in recent days, Karachi reported 42% of the total new cases registered in Sindh on July 26.
The Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Murad Ali Shah, in his routine COVID-19 statement, urged the people to adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) introduced by the government in the wake of the disease.
He said that 16 more infected people died during the last 24 hours ending on July 26, taking the fatality tally to 2,151 for the province. However, no details about the deceased persons’ hospitalization or residential districts were given in the statement.
He further disclosed that there were 8,634 COVID-19 active patients in the province, out of which 16 were in the designated isolation centres and 418 at hospitals, while the remaining were receiving treatment at homes.
As many as 415 patients are in critical conditions, he added, saying the number of people infected with the lethal virus reached to 118,311 on July 26.
Apart from Karachi, new cases were reported from Khairpur (38), Naushero Feroze (29), Shikarpur (29), Hyderabad (27), Umerkot (26), Ghotki (25), Thatta (25), Mirpurkhas (22), Shaheed Benazirabad (21), Jamshoro (20), Sanghar (15), Dadu (14), Matiari (13), Larkana (10), Sujawal (8), Jacobabad (7), Badin (5) and Tando Allahyar (4).
In the meantime, the Sindh health department’s website, updated around 9 pm on July 26, showed the total infections in Sindh as 118,187 and number of deaths as 2,165.
Another official report said that as of July 25, as many as 11,009 tests were conducted across Sindh during the last 24 hours, out of which 1,135 were found positive for COVID-19, including 798 new infections. Many of the Karachi based laboratories performed below their capacity, while at least three did not try any sample at all.
It was further learnt that as of July 25, a total of 1,621 COVID-19 patients lost their lives in Hospitals across the province, including AKU Hospital (121 deaths), CHK (214), JPMC (214), Indus Hospital Korangi (174), LNH (38), Lyari General Hospital (163), DUHS Hospital (217), SIUT (167), Trauma Centre Karachi (92), Ziauddin Hospital Clifton 82 and others–PNFS