KARACHI: A senior health professional succumbed to coronavirus in Sindh raising the death tally to 2,432 across the province
According to a health department official, a 57-year-old senior doctor from Nawabshah named Dr Moinuddin Shaikh – who was associated with the Indus Health Network – lost his battle against the deadly contagion at the Sindh Institute of Urology & Transplantation in Karachi on Sunday.
Dr Shaikh, who was also a former district health officer, was laid to rest in accordance with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) in his home town, the official added.
Presenting a daily situation report, Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Sunday had said that that about 8,999 samples were tested during the past 24 hours, out of which 188 people, or 2.1% of those who were screened, were diagnosed with COVID-19.
Shah further noted that after the latest deaths, the rate of the diagnosed people who have lost their fight with COVID-19 stands at 2%.
He said that 2,035 patients are currently under treatment: 1,700 in self-isolation at home, seven at isolation centres, and 328 at hospitals, while 154 patients are in critical condition, of whom 15 are on ventilators.
Adding that 49 more people have recovered during the past 24 hours, increasing the number of cured patients to 126,213, the chief minister maintained that out of the 188 new cases in Sindh, 115 new cases emerged in Karachi, among which, 60 new patients belong to District South, 24 to District East, 13 to District Korangi, eight to District Central, six to District West and four to District Malir.
Shah once again urged people to comply with the SOPs devised by the government – including wearing face masks, washing hands with soap or cleaning them with hand sanitiser, and avoiding shaking hands – in order to avert the resurgence of the contagious virus.