KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that coronavirus has hit new highs by claiming 74 more lives lifting the death toll to 1343 while 1539 new cases emerged when 8464 samples were tested.
In a statement issued here from the CM House, Shah said that overnight 74 more patients died lifting the death toll to 1343. "This is the highest figure so far since the first death stemming from Covid-19 was reported on March 19," he said and added that he was saddened to disclose that the death rate has increased from 1.5 percent to 1.6 percent and expressed condolence with the bereaved families.
The CM said that 8464 samples were tested against which 1539 new cases of corona were detected that constituted 19.6 percent detection rate. The government has conducted so far 443,757 tests which detected 81,985 cases, of them 45,616 patients have recovered, including 1093 overnight.
"The recovery rate comes to 55.6 percent which is quite encouraging," he said. According to CM, currently there are 35,026 patients under treatment, of them 33,482 in home isolation, 88 at Isolation Centres and 1456 at different hospitals. Shah said that currently 660 patients were in critical condition, of them 92 have been shifted onto the ventilators.
Giving district-wise break-up of the cases, Murad Ali Shah said that out of 1539 new cases, Karachi has 689 cases. There were 252 in district East, South 175, Central 107, Malir 62, West 49 and 44 in district Korangi. He added that Hyderabad has 93 new cases, Ghotki 76, Sukkur 74, Mirpurkhas 34, Khairpur 34, Tando Allahyar 32, Sanghar 23, Shaheed Benazirabad 23, Badin and Naushehroferoze nine each, Sujawal six, Tando M Khan five, Thatta four, and Kashmore and Matiari have one each.
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