The issue of insufficient personal protective equipment (PPE) being supplied to healthcare workers in the country has once again been highlighted, as the latest data report from the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) shows that 100 workers have lost their lives to Covid-19.
The tally showed that 71 doctors, 26 paramedics, two nurses and one a medical student lost their lives to the novel virus which emerged in the country in late February.
The NCOC said 51 infections were reported in the country among healthcare providers in the last 24 hours alone.
More than 10,000 healthcare workers have been infected with the deadly coronavirus in Pakistan, while the country itself has reported 2,458 new infections, raising the total tally to 400,484. Out of 49,105 active coronavirus cases in the country, 2,165 are critically ill and 282 are on life-support systems, whereas at least 343,286 have recovered from the virus. This makes Pakistan the 28th most affected country in the world in regard to the pandemic.
According to the NCOC, the virus claimed 67 lives in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 8,091. However, the country’s fatality rate stands at 2.0 per cent against the global mortality rate of 2.3 per cent.
Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) have the highest positivity rate at 14.5 per cent, Sindh is second with 10.1 per cent, and Balochistan third with 9.4 per cent. Islamabad reported 4.3 per cent, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 3.8 per cent, Punjab 3.5 per cent, and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) 2.6 per cent.
In Punjab, the coronavirus claimed 45 more lives during the past 24 hours, taking the provincial death toll from the disease to 3,036.
According to a spokesperson for the Primary and Secondary Health Department, 543 fresh infections emerged during this period, pushing the total number of cases thus far reported across the province to 119,578.
A total of 19,956,67 tests have been conducted in the province since the infection emerged in the country nine months ago. The number of people recovering from the infection stands at 98,601.
Meanwhile, Balochistan has recorded 29 new coronavirus infections and one death by the disease in the last 24 hours. According to a report released by the Balochistan Health Department, at least 29 more persons were tested positive for coronavirus in Balochistan, bringing the total number of infected patients to 17,187 in the province. As many as 16,404 Covid-19 patients have so far recovered from the coronavirus while a total of 167 deaths were recorded with one more death due to the deadly virus in Balochistan.
The province has 95 per cent recovery rate of novel coronavirus patients, while four per cent active cases, health department spokesperson said.
Keeping in view the mushrooming cases over six weeks, the health experts and authorities have raised serious concerns that the second wave may hit harder than the first if SOPs are not followed.
Since the pandemic reached Pakistan earlier this year, a total of 5,549,779 PCR tests have been conducted across the country out of which 40,969 tests were conducted in the past 24 hours.