KARACHI: Sindh Government Spokesperson Murtaza Wahab on Tuesday said that 1,148 children under the age of 10 had tested positive for coronavirus so far in Sindh, despite the fact that schools had been closed since Feb 26.
“Their parents must have been negligent in preventing the kids from coronavirus,” Murtaza Wahab said while addressing a press conference in Karachi. He was flanked by Sindh Information Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah and Sindh Transport Minister Awais Shah.
The spokesperson said the ratio of women after ease in lockdown had increased to 28 percent, which was very low until strict lockdown restrictions were placed.
He said there was no cure for coronavirus, so only adopting preventive measures could help avoid it.
“We have to avoid coronavirus by adopting different measures. You can cover your face with a piece of cloth, chaddar, scarf or veil. Maintain social distancing, avoid handshaking, wash hands frequently and use sanitizer,” he said.
Murtaza Wahab warned that if infection ratio increased it would occupy hospital beds and with shortage of beds, it would become difficult to treat patients properly.
Nasir Shah said all things cannot be kept closed as the virus has to remain with us for a long time until vaccine was created for the viral infection.
“You have to protect yourself from the virus. Adopt precautionary measures at crowded places,” he said.
The information minister said no unpleasant incident would be tolerated at health facilities. The government would stand by the health professionals who were risking their lives in COVID-19 situation, he maintained.
He said medical shops and essential services would remain opened on Saturday and Sunday. He warned that COVID-19 cases were multiplying.
Awais Shah said intra-city public transport and online transport services would resume their operations from Wednesday (tomorrow) by adopting the standard operating procedures for coronavirus.
The Sindh government would ensure implementation of coronavirus SoPs, he said adding that transporters had been taken into confidence over COVID-19 SoPs.