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Tuesday Mar 24 2020
Web Desk

Karachiite donates Rs1m to Sindh Coronavirus Emergency Fund

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Pakistani rupee notes in Peshawar, Pakistan, December 3, 2018. REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz/Files

A generous citizen of Karachi has donated a whopping Rs1 million to the 'Sindh Coronavirus Emergency Fund', Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said Monday on Twitter, adding that there was a letter attached as well.

Shah, who has been proactively leading the preventive measures against the coronavirus pandemic in Sindh alongside his provincial government and officials from the health department, expressed his gratitude to the donor without naming them as they had "asked to not disclose their name".

"Such acts of kindness strengthen our resolve to continue fighting this challenge, & reassure us that humanity stands tall during such extraordinary times," the chief minister said.

In the letter, the donor described themselves as "a retired person of 88 years" of age.

"In response to your appeal, I submit herewith a cheque of a humble amount in face of unheard [sic] and dreadful epidemic," they added.

"And to all others who are contributing to the Fund. Thank you! Your contributions will surely make a difference! Let’s fight #coronovirus together!"

Sindh was the first province to impose a lockdown to contain the coronavirus, which has so far infected almost 900 people all over Pakistan and nearly 400 in the province alone, making it the worst-affected one.

However, a large number of the positive cases are patients in Sukkur who arrived from Iran via Taftan border and were tested positive after being cleared earlier upon entry to Pakistan.

Officials from the health department, as well as others in the Sindh government, have time and again emphasised on the need for social distancing and measures for prevention against the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Sindh government has also set up an official information cell on Twitter dedicated to providing updates on the pandemic at @19sindh. Moreover, the CM's law adviser, Murtaza Wahab, has continuously provided timely updates on data pertaining to the coronavirus cases through his Twitter account.

So far, four people, including Pakistan's patient zero, have recovered and returned to their home.