KARACHI: Sindh chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, keeping in view the cyclones and on-going COVID-19 situation, has decided to provide relief to the fishermen by lifting ban on fishing in June. 2020.
He took his decision on Tuesday in his meeting with PPP MNA Qadir Patel who called on him here at CM House .
MNA Qadir Patel told the chief minister that the fishermen have suffered a lot from the last eight to 10 months due to cyclones, high tides, and now Coronavirus situation and now the annual two months of ban on fishing have approached. In such a situation, the fishermen would not be able to survive.
It may be noted that the government imposes two months ban, June and July, on fishing for breeding but the fishermen were out of work from last many months.
The chief minister said that he was well-aware of the situation, therefore he would provide relief to the fishermen.
He directed Secretary Fisheries to put up a summary to lift the ban on fishing in June so that with the easing off lockdown fishermen could resume their fishing work and ear bread and butter fot their children.
The chief minister said that he had always protected the interest of fishermen on priority basis. “We would not let any segment of society, including fishermen alone – my government would be supporting them to steer them out of the present crisis,” he concluded.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that Coronavirus has claimed 23 more lives and infected 1439 people while 953 patients have recovered.
In a statement issued from the CM House on Tuesday, Mr Shah said that with testing of 5454 samples 1439 new cases emerged which constituted 26.4 percent of the tests. He added that the government has conducted 192,546 tests which produced 31086 cases. “In other words, the overall detection of the cases comes to 16.2 percent while the current detection has been recorded at 264 percent,” he said.
The chief minister said that with the death of 23 more patients the death toll has reached to 526 which was 1.7 percent of the total patients. “Our death rate has increased from 1.6 percent to 1.7 percent,” he said and added 358 patients were in critical condition, of them 64 have been put on the ventilators.
Giving details of 15022 under treatment patients, the CM said that 13813 were in home isolation, 111 at Isolation Centers and 1098 at different hospitals. “It is encouraging that 953 more patients recovered and discharged for leading normal life,” he said and added that so far 15538 patients have recovered which constituted 50 percent recovery ratio.
Sharing district-wise data, Mr Shah said that out of 1439 cases, 1035 belonged to Karachi. He said Korangi has the highest number of 263 cases, East 242, Central 166, South 167, Malir 139 and West 58. “Local transmission in Karachi is on the rise even then we took hard decision to ease the lockdown further, therefore people will have to take more precautionary measures to keep themselves safe and secure,” he said.
Mr Shah said that in the rural areas Coronavirus was spreading like fire in the jungle. He added that Larkana has 50 cases, Hyderabad 47, Sukkur 40, Khairpur 33, Ghotki 27, Shaheed Benazirabad 17, Badin 15, Sanghar 13, Jamshoro nine, Qambar six, Sujawal and Shikarpur have five each, and Tando Mohamamd Khan, Umerkot and Matiari have one case each.
The Sindh Chief Minister urged the people of Sindh to follow the SOP, otherwise this pandemic could not be defeated.