K-P govt will ensure provision of personal protective equipment to healthcare community
KARACHI / ISLAMABAD / QUETTA / PESHAWAR / LAHORE / GILGIT / MUZAFFARABAD: The novel coronavirus emerged in the central China city of Wuhan towards the end of last year and proliferated to almost the whole world within a couple of months. It’s not the virulence or fatality, but the infectivity of the new virus – also known as SARS-CoV-2 – that has set off a global frenzy.
The COVID-19 respiratory illness caused by this mysterious contagion has so far infected more than a million people in 202 countries and territories of the world – more than 65,000 of them have died and counting.
Pakistan, despite its close proximity with China, remained coronavirus-free until February 26 when a young man from Karachi tested positive after returning from Iran – one of the worst-hit countries. After a brief hiatus following the first case, COVID-19 cases spiked as more pilgrims returning from Iran tested positive for the virus.
The nationwide tally of COVID-19 patients soared past 4,120 with 2,030 cases in Punjab, 1,036 in Sindh, 527 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 206 in Balochistan, 212 in Gilgit-Baltistan, 92 in Islamabad, and 19 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
The virus has claimed 58 lives while at least 467 coronavirus patients have recovered.
The number of cases has continued to soar despite the country being under lockdown for the third consecutive week.
The situation remains fluid and we’re updating stats as soon as new figures are officially released.
Follow The Express Tribune’s live coverage of the pandemic here.
4:30 pm: PM Imran, CM Sindh talk via video link
Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah participates in Prime Minister Imran Khan’s meeting via video link.
3:12 pm: Chamkani area sealed
Peshawar’s Chamkani area was sealed after the emergence of a suspected coronavirus case.
Health teams arrived to collect blood samples of all the residents in the area.
The K-P health department has allowed MTIs and district administration to open necessary outpatient departments (OPDs) and other services, provided they take necessary precautions.
On the directions of the Honourable Supreme Court, the KP health department has allowed MTIs and Districts to open OPDs, provided they take necessary precautions.
The OPD closure was a temporary measure, to protect medical professionals at risk, not just for social distancing. pic.twitter.com/4KBMFJCzv5
— Taimur Khan Jhagra (@Jhagra) April 8, 2020
The provincial govt, in a notification issued, asked all schools to reduce school fees by at least 20pc and to comply completely with the order ‘in letter and spirit’.
The schools have also been ordered to ensure payment of salaries to teaching and non-teaching staff.
1:00 pm: Sindh tally stands at 1,036 after 50 new cases emerge
Sindh CM Murad Ali Shah said the total number of confirmed cases in the province stands at 1,036 after 50 new cases emerged in the last 24 hours.
The chief minister also confirmed two more deaths in the province, raising the tally to 20.
He said the total number of tests conducted by the provincial government stands at 10,981.
382 patients have self-isolated at home and and over 97 are in quarantine centres.
12:40 pm: Sindh CM requests Chinese delegation to donate RTM, kits to Pakistan
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah requested the Chinese delegation to donate rapid testing machinery (RTM) and kits to Pakistan.
The chief minister met a nine-member high level delegation from the Chinese medical sector and lauded China for its efforts to eradicate the virus.
He said the Sindh government is enhancing its testing capacity but with very limited resources, only 2,040 tests can be conducted per day.
The delegation said the Chinese government wants to offer every possible support to the Sindh government, adding that society must maintain social distance in order to contain the virus.
12:30 pm: Pakistan, China Army share coronavirus experiences via video
The Pakistan Army held a video conference with the Chinese Army and shared their experiences in the prevention of coronavirus.
During the conference, Chinese officials shared their experience of steps taken by the army to curb the spread of the virus. They also shared coronavirus detection technology methods, diagnosis and treatment plans.
The Army thanked China for sharing their experiences.11:50 am: Instructions for using personal protective equipment (PPE)
11:45 am: Confirmed cases less than estimated number, says Dr Zafar Mirza
Speaking to reporters outside the Supreme Court, defacto health minister Dr Zafar Mirza said the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country is much less than the estimated number.
10:45 am: K-P govt calls on medical experts to combat the virus
The K-P government called on specialists, nurses, psychologists, pharmacists, paramedics and technicians from across the province to apply to the LOCUM programme, to help combat the pandemic.
10:20 am: K-P govt to ensure provision of PPE to healthcare community
K-P Health Minister Taimur Khan Jhagra said the provincial government will take necessary steps to ensure provision of personal protective equipment to the healthcare community.
However, there will be places where they may be shortages, he said.
“Some of us may be infected despite taking precautions. We still must choose to fight for everyone else.”
10:05 am: PIA flight from Baghdad arrives in Islamabad
A special Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight from Iraq arrived at Islamabad International Airport.
PK-9814, carrying 136 passengers arrived in Islamabad, where a special team of doctors conducted screenings and medical examinations.
135 passengers and 11 crew members were transferred to quarantine centres of allotted hotels.
Those who test negative for the virus will be allowed to leave.
8:42 am: Pakistani ambassador to Iraq sees off stranded Pakistani’s at Baghdad Airport
8:10 am: 208 new cases surface in the last 24 hours
The National Command and Operations Centre reported 208 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, raising the total to 4,072.
The government has also enhanced testing and over 42,159 tests have been conducted.
7:13 am: K-P reports 27 new cases, provincial tally jumps to 527
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Health Minister Taimur Khan Jhagra says 27 new cases have been reported in the province, as the provincial tally reached 527.
The health minister also confirmed another death in the province, raising its total to 18 in K-P.
He also said there have been 70 recoveries.
Pakhtunkhwa #coronavirus update, April 7 end of day.
527 cases in all (from 500 the previous day). One additional death, taking the total to 18. A total of 70 recoveries.
Details in the report attached. pic.twitter.com/JkhlZlYw1e
— Taimur Khan Jhagra (@Jhagra) April 8, 2020
9:24 pm: Alice Wells lauds Pakistani Americans for assistance during pandemic
Top US diplomat Alice Wells appreciated Pakistani Americans for serving communities in the United States and Pakistan during the pandemic.
She lauded Pakistani Americans for providing food and assistance in the US, as well as supporting healthcare professionals in Pakistan.
Great to see #PakistaniAmericans eagerly serving communities in the US and #Pakistan during the #COVID19 crisis by providing food assistance in the US, supporting healthcare professionals in Pakistan, and raising awareness online. AGW https://t.co/F2zRL2XGRm
— State_SCA (@State_SCA) April 7, 2020
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