Karachi, 19 Marchi 2020 – Abdul Rehman Chudhary;
The Sindh government has taken the proactive decision to convert Karachi’s Expo Center into a 10,000-bed isolation centre as the province ramps up its efforts to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
During the daily COVID-19 meeting, Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah noted the worrying trend and emphasised how Singapore and Hong Kong authorities contained the spread by taking swift measures. “We need to prevent the spread,” he asserted.
Pakistan’s tally of the COVID-19 patients crossed 300 late Wednesday with Punjab confirming a total of 33 cases. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa confirmed two COVID-19 deaths within hours of each other.
The isolation centre will be established with the support of Pakistan Army’s Corps 5.
In the first phase, one hall of the Expo Center would be converted into an isolation center and then more halls would be acquired. In the first hall, beds, medicines, necessary equipment doctors and para-medical staff would be made available.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said he has made over 16,000 swabs/VTMs and 13,000 kits available to test coronavirus infection in the province.
The newly constructed labour colonies in Nooriabad, Kotri, Hyderabad and Shaheed Benazirabad are also being converted into isolation centres based on the model of the one set up in Sukkur.
These centres will house pilgrims returning from Taftan after completing 14-day incubation period.
Over 150 of the pilgrims have tested positive for the coronavirus and are being treated at the facility in Sukkur. Another 696 pilgrims arrived on Wednesday.