KARACHI: As many as 24 more patients of coronavirus died overnight, lifting the death toll to 5,220 and 608 new cases emerged when 11,458 tests were conducted. This was stated by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah in a statement issued here on Friday. He added that 24 more patients of COVID-19 lost their lives, lifting the death toll to 5,220 that constituted 1.6 percent death rate.


Shah said that 11,458 samples were tested which detected 608 cases that constituted 5.3 percent current detection rate. He added that so far 4,260,882 tests have been conducted against which 327,004 cases were diagnosed, of them 91.2 percent or 298,344 patients have recovered, including 798 overnight.


The CM said that currently 23,440 patients were under treatment, of them 22,704 were in home isolation, 21 at isolation centers and 715 at different hospitals. He added that the condition of 676 patients were stated to be critical, including 56 shifted to ventilators.


According to the statement, out of 608 new cases, 393 have been detected from Karachi, including 129 from East, 86 Central, 77 South, 48 Malir, 31 Korangi and 22 West. Hyderabad and Shaheed Benazirabad has 23 each, Mirpurkhas 19, Badin 17, Jamshoro 13, NausherFeroze, Sanghar and Umerkot 10 each, Qamber, Khairpur, Sujawal and Tando Muhammad Khan nine each, Tharparkar and Jacobabad eight each, Matiari and Tando Allahyar six each, Kashmore and Sukkur four each, Dadu two, Larkana and Shikarpur one each. The chief minister urged people of the province to follow SOPs.