Pakistan virus cases reach 5,374, death toll jumps to 93
A worker sprays disinfectant as women in Karachi wait to collect cash of financial assistance through a mobile wallet under the governmental Ehsaas Emergency Cash Programme for people in need during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Four more deaths reported during the last 24 hours, as the death toll caused by the coronavirus pandemic reached 93 on Monday, the figures released by the National Command and Control Centre show.
On the other hand, another 336 people were found to be infected by the virus after which the total number of cases has now reached 5,374.
As far as testing is concerned, 3,233 new tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, meaning a total of 65,114 tests have so far been conducted.
The province-wise distribution of coronavirus cases shows that 2,594 of these have been recorded in Punjab, making it the most affected province of the country.
Sindh remains second with 1,411 followed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 744, Balochistan 230, Gilgit-Baltistan 224, Islamabad 131 and Azad Kashmir 40.
The rise in the coronavirus cases comes as Dr Zafar Mirza – special assistant to the prime minister on health – last week dispelled the impression that coronavirus could not affect young people.
He told a media briefing that over 4,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Pakistan were of less than 50 years of age, which was an alarming phenomenon.
And this pandemic is not even sparing children, as a five-year-old girl – a resident of Rawalakot – was tested positive for coronavirus in Azad Kashmir.
Meanwhile, The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) blamed the low quality personal protective equipment (PPE) for the dozens of healthcare workers infected by the coronavirus.
The most number of such cases have been reported in Multan’s Nishtar Hospital, as the health workers around the country are complaining about the shortage of PPE.