Karachi, 16th March: According to the reports, the total number of coronavirus cases in Sindh has reached 76, which is the highest number reported in a day, pushing the total toll in Pakistan to 94.
Previously it was reported that the number of COVID-19 patients in Sindh was 35, which has increased within 24 hours. Travelers from the Taftan border were quarantined and 110 were tested against coronavirus, out of which 50 have been tested positive so far.
In an early Monday tweet, Advisor to Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Information, Murtaza Wahab said, “Out of the confirmed cases, 25 are in Karachi and one is in Hyderabad. Out of these 76 patients, 2 have recovered & the remaining 74 are being kept in isolation”.
More results have come in. So far 50 people who had arrived in Sukkur from Taftaan have tested positive, 25 at Karachi & 1 at Hyderabad. So the total patients have reached 76 in Sindh. Out of these 76 patients, 2 have recovered & the remaining 74 are being kept in isolation
— SenatorMurtaza Wahab (@murtazawahab1) March 16, 2020
By the 11th March, 4000 pilgrims in Taftan were quarantined, out of which 2000 belonged to Sindh, the quarantined individuals were placed in a tent set up by the Balochistan Government for Pakistani nationals entering from Iran.
After the incubation period of 14 days, 300 of them were asked to leave the tent, being tested negative for the COVID-19. They reached Sukkar, a district in Sindh and were tested again and are placed in quarantine by the Sindh Government.
As of this moment, there are 76 confirmed cases in Sindh, 10 Balochistan, 3 in Gilgit Baltistan, 4 in Islamabad and 1 in Punjab, bringing the total number to 94.
The Sindh government has banned public gatherings, shut down educational institutions, postponed religious celebrations and closed shrines, marriage halls, cinemas, gyms, social clubs, etc. Punjab government is said to have made a similar decision.