KARACHI: Seven patients of coronavirus died overnight and 1,116 new cases emerged when 14,792 tests were conducted.

In a statement issued on Sunday, Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said that the death of seven more patients during the past 24 hours lifted the death toll to 4,801 that constituted 1.6 per cent death rate.

He said that 14,792 samples were tested which detected 1,116 cases that constituted 7.5 per cent current detection rate, adding that so far 3,853,332 tests had been conducted against which 299,177 cases were diagnosed, of them 92.3 per cent or 276,076 patients recovered, including 487 overnight.

The CM said that currently 18,300 patients were under treatment, of them 17,535 were in home isolation, 748 at different hospitals & 148 patients in Isolation Centers.

He said that the condition of 718 patients was stated to be critical, including 58 shifted to ventilators.

According to the chief minister, out of 1,116 new cases, 365 cases have been detected in Karachi, including 164 in East, 69 in South, 65 in Central, 53 in Korangi, 15 in West and 12 in Malir.

He said that Jamshoro had 145 fresh cases, Dadu 96, Hyderabad 93, Sanghar 45, Naushahro Feroze 43, Nawabshah 42, Thatta 37, Badin 36, Khairpur 29, Ghotki 25, Tado Mohammad Khan 21, Matiari 19, Tando Allahyar 19, Umarkot 15, Qambar-Shahdadkot 11, Mirpurkhas eight, Sukkur seven, Larkana five and Jacobabad and Sujawal one each.

The CM urged people to abide by the SOPs issued by the government.

Published in Dawn, May 17th, 2021

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