Despite lockdown, people and vehicles still on roads in Quetta city: Photo Ashraf Khan

By Our Staff Reporter

QUETTA: Balochistan has confirmed 60 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Sunday evening as the tally has reached 781 cases. The virus has caused 13 deaths so far in the province.

Liaquat Shahwani, the Spokesman government of Balochistan said over 600 cases of novel coronavirus were locally transmitted. Whereas cases were reported from various parts of Quetta city during random testings and from 12 districts of Balochistan, Mr. Shahwani said.

The provincial government has established a quarantine center and special ward for the coronavirus patients at Sheikh Zayed Hospital Quetta to treat the patients. However, seriously ill patients have been kept in Quetta’s Fatima Jinnah Chest and TB hospital for medical treatment. “Here the number of ventilators is only 10”, a doctor of the hospital who declined to be named told daily Quetta Voice.

He said, “we are seriously concerned about the increasing number of coronavirus patients in the province”. “Where will we admit these patients”, he expressed concern.

Balochistan has seen sharp rise in the number of cases of novel coronavirus recently. On daily basis, over 50 cases of coronavirus patients are being reported. “I appeal the masses to stay at home and adopt social distancing to battle the virus”, chief minister Balochistan, Jam Kamal Khan said in a video uploaded on his Twitter account.

Youngsters must avoid coming out in public since the aged at their homes with weak immune system can not fight this virus, Jam Kamal Khan stated in the video, watched by a large number of people on social media.



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