PSL, Public Gatherings Supposed to Ban due to Coronavirus Spread

Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho, Minister for Health and Population Welfare of Sindh, agreed on several measures to curb the spread of coronavirus in the province.

In an internal departmental meeting the decisions and recommendations were concluded.

CEO Murad Ali Shah was asked to prohibit large public meetings and the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) and to shut down schools in the province for a longer period of time.

An advisory will be issued today by the provincial government to avoid large public gatherings.

It was also decided to set up another health desk for screening purposes at Karachi airport, the desk will be manned by provincial health workers.

The meeting also decided to set up desks at all public and private hospitals in the province to provide information on the novel coronavirus. The government has also provided standard operating procedures (SOPs) to hospitals outlining steps to be taken to treat positive coronavirus cases.

In regards to quarantine procedures, the provincial health department will issue an advisory asking people to self-quarantine for 14 days if they have recently arrived in Pakistan from coronavirus-hit countries.

Pechuho was further informed during the meeting that Gadap hospital has been prepared as an isolation facility for all confirmed coronavirus cases.

Nine people who recently returned from abroad were tested positive for novel coronavirus in Karachi on Monday, pushing the tally to 13 in Sindh and 16 in the country.

The Sindh Health Department said that of nine new cases, five people have arrived from Syria via Doha whereas other patients returned from London via Dubai last week.

The new cases have emerged as all educational institutions in Sindh have been closed till March 13 over fears of the contagious disease’s outbreak in the province.

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