The government of Sindh has agreed to turn the Expo Center on Karachi’s University Road into a quarantine facility if the situation of coronavirus in the province becomes more serious.
“We have identified [Expo Centre] and some other spots only as a precautionary measure, if God forbid, the outbreak worsens,” Information Minister Nasir Hussain Shah said.
He was speaking on a TV programme on Thursday. “We have taken necessary measures but people need to be careful as well,” he said.
To date, there have been at least 304 confirmed cases of the virus recorded in Pakistan, 211 of which are in Sindh. In the province, approximately 41 cases of local transmission were recorded.
He assured that the provincial government has made isolation wards in departmental flats near the Northern Bypass that can accommodate 2,000 people and another building in Malir.
In addition, buildings in Hyderabad, Azad Kashmir’s Potli, Nawabshah and Sukkur have been converted into quarantine centers that can accommodate about 4,500 people.
Shah said Sukkur’s isolation facility currently accommodates approximately 1,000 people.
The coronavirus test results will be released on Thursday and Friday from 750 more travelers coming from Iran.
“We are with the federal government on this issue. We shouldn’t make this issue controversial,” Shah said. “The chief minister has told us to recruit as many doctors and paramedic staff as we can.”
The minister said 60 qualified paramedics were sent out at the airport to screen passengers.
However, Shah regretted that things could have been much better across the country had the prime minister taken action on 26 February when the first case of coronavirus was registered in Sindh, not on 13 March.