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18 new cases of coronavirus, including 13 of Sukkur Isolation center diagnosed in Sindh
KARACHI (March 15): 18 more cases of coronavirus have been diagnosed in Sindh, of them, 13 from Sukkur quarantine center and one patient came from Quetta. The number of cases has reached 35 in Sindh.
This was disclosed in the 18th meeting of Taskforce on Coronavirus held under the chairmanship of Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah here at the CM House. The meeting was attended by provincial ministers, Dr. Azra Pechuho, Syed Nasir Shah, Advisor Murtaza Wahab, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, IG Sindh Mushtaq Maher, PSCM Sajid Jamal Abro, Home Secretary Usman Chachar, Commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Shahlwani, Secretary Finance Hassan Naqvi, Secretary Health Zahid Abbasi, DG PDMA, representatives of airport services, civil aviation, FIA, 5 Corps, rangers and

In a briefing to the chief minister, it was revealed that 40 samples of pilgrims arrived at Sukkur quarantine Center were tested in Karachi. Out of 40 samples, 13 samples were diagnosed as positive. The chief minister directed Commissioner Sukkur and Dr. Bhatti of Gambat hospital to segregate the positive patients from the negative. “Those who are being diagnosed as serious should be shifted to Gambat Institute of Medical Sciences,” he issued clear directives.

The chief minister was told that apart from Sukkur, five more cases of coronavirus have been diagnosed. They are three of the contacts of the patients who came from Saudi Arabia, another had pneumonia symptoms and diagnosed as coronavirus positive while the fifth one has come from Quetta with coronavirus symptoms.
The chief minister said that out of 293 suspects who came from Taftan to Sukkur Isolation Center, we have tested 40 samples, of the 13 have been diagnosed as positive and yet 250 were yet to be tested. He added that another batch of 661 pilgrims was expected to arrive on Tuesday. “This is a serious situation and we all have to deal it accordingly,” he said.
The details of 21 cases are as follows:
Eight have travel history of Syria, three have of Dubai, three of Iran and two of them have been cured, four have local transmission, two have travel history of Saudi Arabia and one patient came from Balochistan.
The chief minister was told that from Sukkur 203 samples have landed in Karachi and the remaining 93 were on the way. The Sindh government has tested 339 tests, excluding of Sukkur of them 318 declared as negative while 21 have been diagnosed as positive.
AT present 20 suspects are in quarantine at their homes and all of them would be released by March 19, if found negative.
Presenting the daily reports, secretary health said that 1874 cases of pneumonia have been reported by public sector hospitals while the private hospitals have shared the list of 702 patients. The government conducted the coronavirus test of those patients who had severe symptoms.
Airport: on Saturday 4631 passengers landed at Jinnah Terminal, of the five were suspect, including one of Italy, one of Bermingham, one of Dubai and two of Jeddah.

CM VIST: Earlier, the chief minister along with his advisor on law visited a laboratory where coronavirus tests were conducted. He witnessed the testing process and provided them extra kits.
He ordered the provision of the necessary machinery to enhance the capacity of the lab already working on the testing of coronavirus samples. Prof Dr. Bari of Indus hospital briefed the chief minister about the process of testing the samples.

The chief minister just after the lab went to JPMC where he visited newly established isolation wards where some patients were under treatment. Executive Director of JPMC briefed the chief minister about the arrangements she had made in the isolation ward. She complained of a shortage of ventilators. The chief minister directed the chief secretary on phone to provide ventilators to JPMC and make their isolation center function at its full capacity.

Message: The chief minister giving a message to public said “if you develop cough, fever, body ache or shortness of breath, immediately make a call to Corona Virus Control Room at 021-99204452, 021-99206565 or 0316-0111712.

New Isolation center: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah directed commissioner Karachi to convert the falts of labor department as Isolation Center in Karachi. Similarly, the labor department apartments are being converted into isolation centers at Nooriabad, Kotri, Hyderabad, Shaheed Banzirabad. The chief minister released Rs150 million for the purpose. He directed Indus hospital to provide ventilators and other necessary equipment to the new centers.