KARACHI: As Sindh becomes the first province to cross 12,000 coronavirus cases, the Sindh government has released Rs1.8 billion for the establishment of a Covid-19 hospital in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, announced Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Monday.
According to Shah, the hospital will have 400 beds, as well as a 100-bed ventilator facility.
Meanwhile, the CM revealed, 537 new coronavirus cases had been detected from 3,730 tests in the province on the day, pushing the tally to 12,017 patients. Of these cases, the majority - 432 - had surfaced in Karachi, where 142 cases were reported in Malir, 62 in Central, 61 in East, 58 in Korangi, 58 in South and 51 in West district.
Condition of 48-hour wait for testing abolished
He also disclosed that 11 more patients had died of coronavirus in the previous 24 hours, raising the death toll to 200. Meanwhile, 96 patients were in critical condition while 25 had been put on ventilators.
The CM further added that 9,668 patients were undergoing treatment, with 84 per cent of them in isolation at their residences under the supervision of doctors, while 911 patients were admitted to isolation centres and 597 at different hospitals.
On a positive note, however, he said that 68 more people had recovered from the virus and been discharged, bringing the number of recoveries to 2,149 - around 18 per cent of the total detected cases.
Shah also shared that 22 new cases had been diagnosed in Sukkur, 19 in Shikarpur, 11 in Qambar-Shahdadkot, eight in Tando Allahyar, seven in Larkana, four each in in Hyderabad, Matiari and Sanghar, three in Jacobabad and one each in Badin, Jamshoro and Mirpurkhas.
Talking about repatriation flights bringing home Pakistanis who had been stranded abroad, Shah stated that so far 2,951 passengers had arrived, of whom 545 had tested positive for coronavirus.
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