The number of people who are being hospitalised in Sindh because of Covid-19 as well as of those who are being declared critically ill have been constantly on the rise.
The number of patients under treatment across the province has increased from 15,440 to 16,218 in the past 24 hours, with the number of those in self-isolation rising from 14,818 to 15,535.
The number of people who have been hospitalised in the past 24 hours has increased from 610 to 671, with the number of those declared critically ill rising from 545 to 619.
According to health officials, only severely sick patients are being taken to hospitals during the second wave of infections as compared to the previous wave. They expressed concern over the sharp rise in the number of severely sick patients.
A senior physician at the Sindh Institute of Urology & Transplantation said that during this wave, not only are the patients on life support dying but those on high or low oxygen are also breathing their last during treatment. “And many of those who are observing self-isolation at home, they are also dying because of the complications of the viral infection as well as of the involvement of comorbidities.”
Thirteen more people have died due to Covid-19 and another 1,382 cases have been reported during the past 24 hours in Sindh, with the death toll due to the viral disease reaching 2,858 in the province.
Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said in his daily situation report on the health emergency on Tuesday that 11,738 samples were tested in the past 24 hours, resulting in 1,382 people, or 12 per cent of those who were screened, being diagnosed with Covid-19.
The provincial government has so far conducted 1,917,813 tests, which have resulted in 166,033 positive cases, which means that nine per cent of those screened have been found to be infected, he added.
Shah said that after the latest deaths, the rate of the diagnosed people who have lost their fight with Covid-19 continues to stand at two per cent.
He said that 16,218 patients are currently under treatment: 15,535 in self-isolation at home, 12 at isolation centres and 671 at hospitals, while 619 patients are in critical condition, of whom 74 are on life support.
He added that 591 more people have recovered during the past 24 hours, increasing the number of cured patients to 146,957, which shows the recovery rate has fallen to 88.5
The CM said that out of the 1,382 fresh cases of Sindh, 1,091 (or 79 per cent) have been reported in Karachi Division alone: 503 of the city’s new patients are from District East, 257 from District South, 134 from District Central, 86 from District Malir, 82 from District Korangi and 29 from District West.
As for the other divisions of the province, Hyderabad has reported 70 new cases, Sujawal 49, Dadu 21, Thatta 18, Naushehroferoze and Ghotki 12 each, Umerkot and Jamshoro 11 each, Tando Allahyar and Mirpurkhas 10 each, Shaheed Benazirabad six, Larkana three, Matiari and Tharparkar two each, and Badin, Jacobabad, Kashmore, Sanghar, Sukkur and Tando Mohammad Khan one each, he added.
The chief executive urged the people of Sindh to comply with the standard operating procedures issued by his provincial government to protect themselves and their
families from the virus outbreak.
Given a surge in Covid-19 cases, the Sindh government has imposed a lockdown throughout the province until January 31, 2021.
As per a notification of the home department, it is mandatory to wear a face mask at all government and private offices as well as public places. A fine will be imposed on people for not covering the face.
Indoor weddings have been banned. Only outdoor wedding ceremonies are allowed with a maximum of 200 attendees until 9pm. No buffet service is allowed; however, food in packed boxes can be served at weddings.
All public and private offices have been ordered to ask fifty per cent staff to work from home. A relatively broader smart lockdown, based on hotspot areas, are to be imposed by commissioners and deputy commissioners under the Sindh Epidemic Diseases Act 2014.
The home office has ordered the closure of all indoor gatherings, indoor places, indoor business centres, indoor gyms, indoor sports facilities, cinemas, theatres and shrines. All business will close, except for essential services, on Friday and Sunday.
The timing for businesses and markets are from 6am to 6pm on weekdays, while they will remain close on weekends. The restaurants can only serve food in the air and they will close at 10pm for takeaways and home delivery.
The deputy commissioners, the assistant commissioners and the labour officers as well as the personnel of the law enforcement agencies, not below the rank of the inspector of police or equivalent rank of other law enforcement agencies, have been empowered to take legal action against the
In another notification, the home department announced closing all shrines in Sindh under the administrative control of the Auqaf Department. It said no events or gatherings were allowed at shrines until 31 January.