Pakistan’s Covid-19 mortality rate is 2.5pc compared to Sindh’s 1.61pc, claims CM Murad Ali Shah

Statesman Report

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Saturday claimed that the mortality rate due to the novel coronavirus is 2.5 per cent nationwide, while it is 1.61 per cent in Sindh.

In a meeting of the Coronavirus Task Force, the chief minister underscored that there are 225,283 Covid-19 cases in Pakistan, out of which 90,721 emerged from Sindh.

The mortality rate is 3.62 per cent in KP, 1.14 per cent in Balochistan, 1.82 per cent in G-B, 0.98 per cent in Islamabad and 2.3 per cent in Punjab, he added.

The Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah  added that Pakistan has improved the mortality rate in the country by improving the existing healthcare system.

He maintained that 125,094 patients have recovered in Pakistan, of which 50,908 recovered in Sindh. Sindh and KP have a recovery rate of 56 per cent, 53 per cent in Punjab, 65 per cent in Islamabad, 77 per cent in GB, 50 per cent in Balochistan and 57 per cent in AJK.

Referring to the provision of beds for Covid-19 patients, the chief minister said the province has 10,985 beds allocated to patients affected by the virus, while Punjab has 9,276, G-B has 151, Balochistan 1,103 and 918 beds are available in AJK.

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah  elaborated that Sindh treats patients with the virus separately and better facilities have been arranged for patients in the southern province.

In the last 33 days, Sindh has conducted 300,247 tests while Punjab has conducted 286,049, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 93,377, Islamabad 90,557, Gilgit-Baltistan 5,100, Balochistan 26,008 and Azad Kashmir 10,351.

He also noted that Sindh is the only province which has started a hospital for Covid-19 patients.

The meeting was attended by provincial ministers, provincial secretaries, the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar and DG Rangers.