KARACHI:Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah presiding over a meeting of Provincial task Force on Corona here on Saturday at CM House decided to open primary schools from June 21 and shrines, amusement parks, gyms and swimming pools from June 28 subject to the fulfilment of some conditions such as ensuring social distancing, vaccinating staff members and mask is mandatory.

The vaccination centers due to shortage of doses would be closed only on this Sunday (tomorrow), it was told in the meeting, which was also attended by provincial ministers, Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho, Saeed Ghani, Nasir Shah, advisor Murtaza Wahab, Parliamentary Secretary Qasim Siraj Soomro, Chief Secretary, IG Police, ACS Home, PSCM, Adl IG Karachi, Secretaries – Finance Hassan Naqvi, School Education Ahmed Bux Narejo, Industries Riazuddin, Dr Bari, Dr Faisal, Dr Sara of WHO, Dr Qaiser Sajjad and representatives of Corps-5, Rangers and other organizations.

The health department briefing the task force members said that on 18 June, 13,970 tests were conducted against which 542 Covid cases were detected that constituted 3.9 per cent detection rate. At this, the chief minister said that overall detection rate had come down, but Karachi alone had 8.08 percent detection rate. “It’s districts- East has 14 percent detection rate, South 10 percent, Central nine percent, Korangi and Malir seven percent each and Sukkur also seven percent,” he said.

It was pointed out that during the last one week stemming from COVID-19 Sindh had 82 deaths, of them Karachi East 25 deaths, Central 25, Korangi eight, South and West six each and Sukkur four. During 3 to 18 June, 263 patients died, of them 75 percent or 151 on ventilators, 19 percent or 49 off ventilators and 24 percent or 63 at homes. The meeting was told that so far 42,532 passengers landed at Jinnah Terminal, of whom 95 percent were detected as positive when tested.

Vaccination: The meeting was told that so far 3,243,988 doses of vaccines had been received, of them 2,873,857 were utilized and only 370,141 were in balance. The chief minister, keeping in view the available stock of the vaccine doses, decided to close all vaccination centers only on this Sunday (June 20).

The health minister said that the federal government had informed her department that Sputnik vaccine would be provided to Sindh by the last week of June or first week of July. She added that 1.5 million doses of SinoVac would be provided on 21 June, 700,000 doses of Casino and 400,000 doses of PakVac on 23 June. At this, the chief minister said that from next week sufficient doses would be received here to speed up the vaccination drive. The COVID situation would be reviewed again on June 28, 2021.