50% tested virus-positive came from Taftan: Wahab

By: News Desk      Published: 03:44 PM, 18 Mar, 2020
50% tested virus-positive came from Taftan: Wahab

Speaking to media men, the Sindh Government’s spokesman Murtaza Wahab said “So far 50 percent of people coming from Taftan tested positive out of 290 tests’ results that have been out.”

“In total we conducted 844 coronavirus tests. Of the 290 test results, 147 tested negative for the coronavirus, while 143 people tested positive,” Wahab said, and added that it makes (roughly) 50 percent of the people coming from Taftan tested positive for the coronavirus.

While speaking further about the gravity of the situation, the Sindh spokesman said that the provincial government has taken crucial steps, adding “All the members of the Sindh Assembly decided to create a fund for the relief of coronavirus patients, with the seed money of three billion rupees.”

He further told the media that all the members of the Sindh Assembly including the CM decided to donate one month of their salaries into the fund, in addition to the donations of the provincial bureaucracy that will donate a share of its salaries into the fund.

About the closure of the restaurants, he said “It was difficult decision to make regarding the closure of the restaurants in Sindh, but we’ve taken it in view of public safety,” adding that yet there are many who complied to the directives, many others are still open. “For them, the Sindh government has issued directive to the authorities to ensure the compliance by every means possible,” he added that only grocery stores and the medical stores are allowed to be opened.

About the PM Imran Khan’s national address, the Sindh spokesman said “The PM should be more serious about it which his yesterday’s address suggests he is not as he praised the Sindh’s response to the coronavirus.”

While urging the federal government to come out of Twitter and lies, he said that the Centre only gave 200 kits to the province, while Sindh imported 10,000 kits on its own.