KARACHI – Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Syed Murad Ali Shah has stated that the variety of coronavirous circumstances in Sindh have reached 103; together with 76 reported from Sukkur/Taftan whereas 27 from Karachi.
“I am not worried about 76 cases reported from Sukkur because the pilgrims are living there in a proper isolation, but the alarming thing is that more than eight cases of virus have surfaced in the port city,” stated Murad.
Addressing a press convention right here on the CM Home on Monday, the chief minister urged individuals of the province to keep away from going to social gatherings and assembly with individuals. “You will have to adopt isolation voluntarily-this is the only solution to the spread of coronavirus,” he stated.
The chief minister, reacting to a report introduced by the commissioner Karachi, stated that folks have been nonetheless thronging eating places, inns, and tea stalls. “This is not acceptable, and I request the people to adopt self-isolation; otherwise I will have no option but to order closure of restaurants, hotels, chai khanas and such other facilities,” the CM stated categorically.
Murad instructed the police and the administration to work out a plan to manage crowds, in any other case give a discover to the restaurant and inns house owners to shut their services by 9 pm. “I’ll take the final decision in this regard very soon,” he stated.
The chief minister instructed the media that samples of 157 suspected coronavirus sufferers from Sukkur’s quarantine centre have been examined, out of which 76 had been examined constructive. “The health department has conducted 392 tests so far, out of which 27 have been declared positive,” the CM disclosed.
Giving particulars of the circumstances, he stated that 9 circumstances had a journey historical past of Syria, three of Dubai, 4 of Iran, eight had contracted the illness regionally, one had travelled to Qatar whereas two had a journey historical past of Saudi Arabia.
He additional stated that in all 17 individuals had come into contact with those that had travelled to Saudi Arabia, of whom three have been examined constructive. “Apart from local cases, there are 13 severe pneumonia cases which have been sent for the lab test,” Murad elaborated.
The chief minister stated that eight contact circumstances have been severe, and “We all have to understand the severity of the situation,” he stated, and added, “Coronavirus just isn’t deadly, but it surely spreads via contacts and all of us should undertake isolation voluntarily.
The chief minister instructed the media that some 37 flights have been scheduled on Sunday, of which eight have been cancelled, whereas of 5,112 passengers who arrived, 9 had been stored in quarantine as suspected sufferers. “There samples have been taken and despatched for the lab check,” he added.
Murad urged the individuals of Karachi, Hyderabad, and different densely populated cities and cities of the province to maintain distance from one another, maintain washing palms variety of occasions.
“This is purely an issue of precautions, but I am sorry to say people are still holding gatherings and thronging the shopping centers,” he stated, and added, “This is what I want you [people of Sindh] to avoid.”
Replying to a query a few doable lockdown, the chief minister stated regardless of the circumstances, grocery outlets, tremendous shops, vegetable outlets, hen and mutton outlets wouldn’t be closed. “I am surprised that panicked by the rumours of a lockdown, people have started stock piling groceries,” the CM stated, and instructed the people who they wanted to not stockpile groceries. “Neither we will allow hoarding nor will the shops be allowed to be closed,” he stated categorically.
To a query, Murad stated that there have been testing services at Aga Khan, Ojha and Indus hospitals. “We are testing only those who have a travel history and who came into contact with them,” he stated, and added those that wished to get them examined may check at their very own bills.
Earlier, presiding over 19th assembly of the Taskforce on Coronavirus, the chief minister directed the commissioner Sukkur to make efficient preparations for the 76 sufferers of coronavirus.
The commissioner stated that he had reserved a separate block for the newly identified sufferers, they usually all have been cooperating with the medical group.
He was instructed that a few of the docs have been reluctant to enter the isolation middle, however when a group of docs, the chief minister dispatched to Sukkur, met them and briefed them concerning the precautions they began working voluntarily.
Some Ulemas from Karachi, whom the chief minister had despatched to fulfill with the pilgrims residing at isolation middle at Sukkur, briefed them concerning the scenario and consoled them that they weren’t alone, however the authorities, the administration and the spiritual leaders have been all with them. The pilgrims then began cooperating with the administration quickly after.
Murad additionally directed the commissioner to make preparations for one more batch of over 600 pilgrims reaching Sukkur from Taftan on Tuesday (right now).
The commissioner Karachi instructed the chief minister that over the past 9 days his Management Heart had acquired 477 calls. He stated his helpline had additionally acquired one other 110 messages on Whatsapp. “Those who had a travel history were asked to go for the medical treatment,” he knowledgeable the CM.
The chief minister directed the commissioner Karachi and IGP to begin raiding the shops, outlets and godowns the place sanitizers, hand wash, tissue papers had been hoarded and have been being bought at greater charges and put them behind the bars. “This cannot be tolerated and take strict action against the culprits,” he ordered.
Murad additionally attended the assembly with Prime Minister Imran Khan from CM Home via a video hyperlink. The chief minister briefed the prime minister concerning the measures his authorities had taken to include the coronavirus.
Murad additionally shared with the prime minister the variety of circumstances examined constructive.
Assembly with parliamentarians
The chief minister additionally held a gathering with the parliamentarians of various political events, and took them into confidence concerning the steps he had taken thus far to cease the virus from spreading.
Those that attended the assembly included 4 leaders of MQM-P, who got here there led by Khawaja Izhar, three of PTI, led by Dr Saeed Afridi, two of GDA, led by Nand Kumar Malik Shehzad, Raja Ashar, Mufti M. Qasim Fakhri of TLP and Abdul Rasheed of MMA.
The chief minister briefed the MPs concerning the circumstances, isolation wards established throughout Sindh, variety of sufferers identified thus far and folks stored in quarantine. They gave totally different solutions to the chief minister which he appreciated.