SUKKUR: Sixteen suspected patients of coronavirus escaped from the quarantine centre in an area of Sindh’s Matiari district on Tuesday. Station House Officer and DSP New Saeedabad have been suspended. Sixteen people, hailing from Peshawar, were kept in the quarantine facility in a mosque and a house as a precautionary measure in New Saeedabad area of Matiari but they fled. According to the Deputy Commissioner Ghulam Hyder, three people were also arrested for allegedly helping them to escape from the quarantine. It is to be noted that more than 5,700 people have been infected with coronavirus in Pakistan, out of which 1,518 are from Sindh while 35 people have died in the province so far. Respectively, a new batch of 29 pilgrims has arrived at the Sukkur quarantine facility from the Taftan border. The in-charge of the isolation centre confirmed that at least 29 pilgrims, including the bus driver the pilgrims traveled in from Taftan to Sukkur, have arrived at the quarantine facility. He maintained that the pilgrims were shifted to the isolation centre in accordance with the standard operating procedure (SOP). The in-charge said that they were collecting samples from the pilgrims, adding that the samples will be sent for lab test in Karachi. Meanwhile, a positive case of coronavirus was revealed in a woman residing in a house at the Jinnah chowk, Sukkur, creating panic and fear, while the administration of Sukkur has sealed off the area. The woman was shifted to GIMS hospital’s Isolation Ward where she later died. It was the first locally-transmitted case in Sukkur which was reported.