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COVID-19 claims 14 more lives, infects 720 others

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said that the coronavirus situation in the province was worsening with increasing numbers by the day. The current detection rate has reached 6.4 percent after 11,146 tests were conducted. Fourteen more patients had lost their lives to the infection. “We all have to bring a change in our lifestyle by making SOPs as a part of our day to day life; otherwise, the government will have no option but to take drastic measures.”

In a statement issued from CM House, Murad Ali Shah said that 14 more patients lost their lives, lifting the death toll to 2704 that constituted a 1.8 percent death rate. “We had 17 deaths stemming from the virus on November 4, 12 on November 6, and 14 on November 11. Our death rate is 1.8 percent that is not a high rate, but still, we are losing valuable lives, and we have to reduce this progression by observing expert guidelines,” he said.

The CM said that 11,146 tests, the highest in the country, were conducted against which 720 cases were diagnosed that constituted a 6.4 percent detection rate. “This is quite high and worrisome and needs to be contained with the cooperation of the people of the province,” he said. 

He added that so far, 1,760,918 tests have been conducted, which detected 152,072 cases, of them 95 percent or 141,446 patients have recovered, including 449 overnight.

The Chief Minister said that Karachi has an 8.17 percent detection rate, Hyderabad 11.81 percent, and the rest of the province 1.72 percent; therefore, the overall detection rate came to 5.35 percent; otherwise, Karachi was on the top as far detection of COVID-19 cases was concerned. Mr Shah said that currently, 7,922 patients were under treatment; of them, 7,562 were in home isolation, five at isolation centers, and 355 in different hospitals. He added that the condition of 329 patients was stated to be critical; of them, 35 have been shifted to ventilators.

According to the statement, out of 720 new cases, 522 have been detected from Karachi, of them 242 from East, 155 from West, 54 from Korangi, 51 from Central, 32 from Malir, and 18 from West. Hyderabad has 49 cases, Tando Mohammad Khan 19, Sanghar 10, Matiari nine, Sukkur six, Dadu, Jacobabad and Jamshoro five each, Badin, Larkana and Shaheed Benazirabad four each, Khairpur, Naushehroferoze and Shikarpur two each, and Ghotki, Mirpurkhas, Umerkot and Sujawal have one each

-MN Report

November 13, 2020

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