KARACHI: In the biggest single-day surge since the first coronavirus case was reported in Pakistan, 41 fresh cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have surfaced in Sindh, climbing the tally in the province to 88 and across the country to 94.
Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah reported fresh new number of cases in Sindh today (Monday), with 11 people having tested positive for coronavirus. Total tally has reached 88 in the province as of now.
Earlier in a tweet, Advisor to Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Information Murtaza Wahab said 50 people out of those who returned from Taftan border via Iran had tested positive as yet. Total number of coronavirus affectees had soared to 76 in Sindh, he said.
“More results have come in. So far 50 people who had arrived in Sukkur from Taftaan have tested positive, 25 at Karachi and 1 at Hyderabad. So the total patients have reached 76 in Sindh. Out of these 76 patients, 2 have recovered & the remaining 74 are being kept in isolation,” Senator Murtaza Wahab said.
By March 11, at least 4,000 pilgrims coming from Iran were quarantined at Taftan border, 2,000 of them hailed from Sindh. They were quarantined in a tent city established by the Balochistan government. After 14 days of their stay, 300 people left for Sindh. They were then again quarantined in Sukkur, where medical tests were conducted.
The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has made all precautionary measures to cope up any emergency about coronavirus in the province, Director General Health Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Dr. Tahir Nadeem Khan had said on March 14. He had said the government had established 437 isolation beds in 18 districts of the province for suspected coronavirus patients, Radio Pakistan had reported.
He had said so far no positive case of coronavirus was reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Dr Tahir Nadeem Khan had said a quarantine zone had been established in Dera Ismail Khan for people coming from foreign countries.
On March 14, the Pakistani aviation authorities had ordered airports to limit international flights operating in the country to the cities of Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad, local media had reported.