Sindh CM Murad Ali Shah contracts coronavirus

Says has a slight fever but health condition stable overall, has isolated himself as per doctors’ advice

Statesman Report

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah announced on Monday that he had tested positive for coronavirus.

In a series of tweets, the minister observed that he had a slight fever on Friday, and decided to get tested after Friday prayers.

The CM said he had a slight fever still, but his overall condition was stable. He added that he has isolated himself as per his doctors' advice.

The chief minister is one of many government officials to have tested positive for the deadly virus ever since it broke out in Pakistan in February.

Only three days ago, Pakistan Peoples Party's MPA Jam Madad Ali, who had earlier tested positive for Covid-19, passed away at a private hospital in Karachi on Friday. He was 57 years old.

The politician, who hailed from Jam Nawaz Ali taluka of Sanghar district, was laid to rest in his ancestral graveyard on Saturday.

Among some other noted politicians to have contracted the virus in Pakistan were NA Speaker Asad Qaiser, Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif, former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid.

Four more die

APP adds: Speaking about the COVID-19 situation, the CM said that four more patients of coronavirus died overnight rising the death toll to 2,751 and 848 new cases emerged when 11,596 samples were tested rising the tally to 156,528.

So far 1,820,427 tests have been conducted against which 156,528 cases were detected, of them 92 percent or 143,252 patients recovered, including 545 overnight.

Currently, 10,525 patients are under treatment, of them 10,020 in home isolation, six at isolation centres and 499 at different hospitals. The condition of 376 patients is stated to be critical, including 37 shifted to ventilators.

Out of 848 new cases, 592 have been detected from Karachi, including 264 from East, 152 South, 76 Central, 43 Korangi, 31 Malir and 26 West.

Hyderabad has 81 cases, Jamshoro 29, Sukkur and Thatta 13 each, Shaheed Benazirabad and Dadu 11 each, Tando Allahyar nine, Shikarpur and Tando Mohammad Khan seven each, Kambar, Larkana and Matiari five each, Jacobabad, and Naushehroferoze four each, Badin and Ghotki three each, Kashmore two, Mirpurkhas and Tharparkar one each.