SLAMABAD: Around 100 doctors and paramedics treating patients at different hospitals across the country have fallen victim to the coronavirus, it has been learnt.
Of the affected doctors, 25 were affected in Karachi, 18 in Multan, 16 in Dera Ghazi Khan, five each in Lahore, Rawalpindi and Gujrat, 15 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 21 in Balochistan.
Fourteen people succumbed to coronavirus in Pakistan during the last 24 hours —the highest in a day — raising the death toll to 93, disclosed Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Health Dr. Zafar Mirza in his daily briefing here on Sunday.
Half of the confirmed patients so far are indigenous cases with no history of foreign travel, meaning that local transmission of the deadly virus is fast multiplying across populated areas. “Of the 50 people who were on the ventilator until yesterday, 14 have lost their battle,” he said.
The number of confirmed cases stood at 5,362, with Sindh reporting 1,411 cases, Punjab 2,594, Balochistan 230, KP 744, Islamabad 119, GB 224, and AJK 40 till the filing of the report at 1:55am.
Dr Zafar warned that the numbers could increase in the days to come, “which is why we keep repeating the importance of social distancing, personal hygiene, self-isolation, and other protective measures.”
Zafar said 37 critical patients in Pakistan were currently on the ventilator, while hospital admissions had soared to 1,440. Of the 5,038 confirmed cases (as of 6.30 p.m.), 254 were reported during the last 24 hours only —again a high number.
Sindh reported maximum cases (104) in the last 24 hours, followed by Punjab (89), KP (45), Balochistan (8), ICT (6), AJK (1), and Gilgit-Baltistan (1). Dr. Zafar said half of the confirmed patients acquired the virus from local inhabitants and had no personal travel history to any of the Covid-19 affected countries.
In terms of recovery, 1,026 patients have regained health after falling prey to the disease. As many as 17,332 people are registered in quarantines across the country. Of these, 2,684 have tested positive; the percentage of positive cases in quarantines is 18%, which is a declining trend.
The case fertility rate in Pakistan is now 1.7 as against the global 6.1. Dr Zafar urged the medical fraternity to desist from misuse of N95 masks and other protective gear and to spare the specialized equipment for the frontline workers directly engaged in the treatment and management of patients.