KARACHI: Sindh continued to witness a rise in COVID-19 infections as eight deaths and 1,664 fresh cases, emerged in the province during the last 24 hours.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Friday said that eight more patients died overnight lifting the death toll to 2,991 and 1,664 new cases emerged when 15,500 tests were conducted, raising the tally to 180,904.
In a statement issued from CM House on Friday, he said that eight more patients died lifting the death toll to 2,991 that constituted a 1.7 percent death rate.
CM Shah said that 15,500 samples were tested against which 1,664 cases were detected which constituted a 10.7 percent current detection rate.
So far 2,037,493 tests have been conducted which diagnosed 180,904 cases, of the 87 percent or 157,006 patients have recovered, including 972 overnight, he added.
Murad Ali Shah said that currently, 20,907 patients were under treatment, of them 20,066 in-home isolation, 11 at isolation centers and 830 at different hospitals. The CM Sindh said that the condition of 729 patients was stated to be critical, including 37 who shifted to ventilators.
He said out of 1664 new cases, 1360 have been detected from Karachi, including 445 from South, 431 East, 166 West, 116 Korangi, 112 Central and 90 Malir.
Hyderabad has 94 cases, Jamshoro 41, Larkana 17, Shaheed Benazirabad 16, Sujawal 15, Naushehroferoze, Jacobabad, Dadu and Umerkot eight each, Badin and Ghotki six each, Mirpurkhas five, Shikarpur and Tando Allahyar one each.
The CM warned people to observe standard operating procedures, stay home, wear masks while going out, wash hands, avoid handshakes, otherwise, the wave seems to be dangerous.
Nationwide, the rate of positive cases of coronavirus was 8.16 percent. Karachi coronavirus ranks first in the rate of positive cases with 20.12 percent.
According to the NCOC, the rate of positive cases in Hyderabad was 18.43 percent. Abbottabad has 14.53 percent, Azad Kashmir 11.09 percent, Balochistan 12.5 percent, Gilgit-Baltistan 4.7 percent, Islamabad 6.6 percent, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 5.6 percent, and Sindh 14.1 percent.