Staff Reporter

Locally transmitted cases of the novel coronavirus are 94 percent, whereas, 6 percent of cases are because of people coming from abroad. This was revealed during a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Balochistan, Jam Kamal Khan on Monday.

The meeting reviewed provision of equipment to government-run hospitals. The Command and Operation Center (COC) thoroughly briefed the Chief Minister with regard to the steps taken by the government to tackle the situation developed in the aftermath of a novel coronavirus in the province.

The virus has killed 37 people so far. However, 454 patients have recovered until now in the province. The meeting decided not to conduct unnecessary testing and it was decided that after Eid 4 testing machines and 60,000 kits would be available.

The meeting was told that the process of medicine purchase was underway and that it would be completed after Eid ul Fitr. The Chief Minister was informed that currently 25 ventilators and 25 ICU beds were available in various government-run hospitals. Moreover, the government has decided to purchase 75 more ventilators to facilitate the patients and overcome the shortage.

The Chief Minister urged upon the masses to celebrate Eid ul Fitr with simplicity and avoid travel on the occasion. The meeting decided not to open public transport in view of growing cases of the novel coronavirus in the province.

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