Sindh govt to begin rapid testing in hotspots of Karachi’s South district

Results of these tests, of which 300 will be carried out in a day, can be acquired in 10 minutes


Sameer Mandhro April 18, 2020
Results of these tests, of which 300 will be carried out in a day, can be acquired in 10 minutes. PHOTO: AFP/File

KARACHI: The Sindh government decided on Saturday to conduct random rapid tests for coronavirus detection in Karachi’s South district. The decision was taken during a meeting headed by special assistant to Sindh chief minister Waqar Mehdi. The results of these tests, of which 300 will be carried out in a day, can be acquired in 10 minutes.

The participants of the meeting agreed to carry out rapid testing in coronavirus hotspots in South district, including Lyari, Garden and Saddar.

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South deputy commissioner Irshad Ahmed Sodhar informed the meeting that special teams were constituted to conduct tests in localities identified as virus hotspots, while more isolation facilities, including a 100-bed isolation centre at Lyari General Hospital, were being set up in the district. Besides, four more isolation centres would be established at Dr Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital, he said.

Mehdi said that Pakistan Railway Hassan Hospital would be converted into a quarantine facility, in addition to train bogies at City station being used for isolating Covid-19 patients.

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