Pakistan COVID-19 Fatalities rose to 21 after 5 more Deaths Confirmed Today
Pakistan reported 5 new deaths today, 2 each from Punjab and Sindh and one from GB.
Punjab’s two deaths were from Rawalpindi. According to Rawalpindi Deputy Commissioner Anwar ul Haq, one of the patients, a 63-year-old man, had a travel history to the UK and was under treatment at an isolation ward at a government hospital for the past two weeks. The second patient, a 55-year-old woman died in Taxila where she was under treatment at a facility. However, Haq said the woman was also diabetic.
Punjab has reported another 45 Covid-19 cases, according to provincial health department spokesperson Qaiser Asif, taking the total tally to 638.
The total number of cases in Pakistan have reached 1664. The are 508 confirmed coronavirus cases in Sindh, 638 in Punjab, 144 in Balochistan and 195 in KP. Similarly, Gilgit-Baltistan has reported 128 cases, Islamabad 51 and Azad Kashmir 6.
The country has reported total 21 deaths due to the virus while 32 patients have also recovered.
Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), in collaboration with Capital Development Authority (CDA) and Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI), is taking measures to disinfect the city including spraying and washing of public places. Capital Administration has also joined hands with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Bahria Town (Pvt) Ltd. to provide health facilities in remote areas.
Yesterday, in a bid to contain the further spread of the epidemic, the Punjab government passed the Punjab Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Ordinance 2020, enabling it to take precautionary measures to protect the public from the coronavirus outbreak and or any such epidemic in the future.
The law will enable the government to reinforce safety measures to contain the spread of the virus. Failure to comply with the law will result in imprisonment for at least six months and a fine of Rs50,000. Private entities, who will violate the law, will be fined Rs200,000.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Services Dr Zafar Mirza on Sunday said that 745 confirmed COVID-19 patients admitted in various hospitals across the country were stable and showing signs of recovery.
“They were in mild to moderate condition and soon they will be discharged from the hospitals,” Dr Mirza said in a routine televised media briefing on prevailing corona situation in the country. He said that out of total 756 hospitalized corona patients, only 11 were in critical condition and they were being treated at isolation rooms while some of them were on ventilators.
He added, in total confirmed corona patients, 58% patients had travel history of Iran, 13% patients had travel history of other countries and 29% patients had received virus in local transmission.