Public transport to remain suspended, 94% cases local: CM Kamal

QUETTA: A high level meeting was chaired by Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Aliyani here on Monday to review the corona related issues, the availability of medical equipment at hospital.

The session was briefed in detail by the Balochistan Command and Operations Center regarding overall situation which said that the local prevalence of corona virus in the province has surged to 94% and 6% infections came from outside while the death toll has peaked to 37. It also said that as many as 454 people have recovered so far and there are as many as 2163 patients in isolation in 20 quarantine centres of Sheikh Zayed Hospital and that of 18 in Fatima Jinnah Hospital

In the meanwhile data regarding infection among doctors and paramedics was also shared which said that 149 doctors and 47 paramedics were infected so far. It was also decided not to carry out un-necessary tests. The session was informed that after Eid, 4 more testing machines and 60,000 kits will be available with the province which will enhance the testing capacity at provincial level.

It was said that the ongoing process of purchasing medicines will be completed immediately after Eid and recruitment of contract microbiologist was also underway.

It was informd that currently there were 25 ventilators and ICU beds in three hospitals in Quetta. Another 75 are being procured which will bring the total number to 100.

The participants of the  meeting expressed concerns over the opening of public transport and rail transport, adding that opening transport without SOPs could spread corona virus to villages

An appeal was also made to the people of not to travel unnecessarily and it was said that the people of Quetta should not go out of the city and those from outside should not come to Quetta because the effects of the virus are severe in Quetta. The masses were also asked to celebrate Eid with simplicity and a complete ban on Eid gatherings and festivities was imposed.

 Decision to take action against wheat hoarders was also taken and instructions were given to the Information Department to launch an awareness campaign against traveling in local languages.

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