Another doctor contracts coronavirus in Karachi

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April 04, 2020

Abbasi Shaheed Hospital asks staff, which came into contact with the doctor, to go into isolation

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KARACHI: A doctor at Karachi’s Abbasi Shaheed Hospital tested positive for the coronavirus on Saturday, confirmed the hospital administration.

The administration said that after the doctor contracted the virus, rest of the staff working alongside her were also tested.

It was learnt that the female doctor’s husband, who is also a doctor at the Civil Hospital Karachi, had contacted the virus earlier.

Following which, it was speculated that she got infected with the virus from her husband.

The administration of the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital said that the staff, who came into contact with the doctor in question, have been asked to go into isolation ffor 14 days.

The incidents of doctors, who have been battling on the frontline without guarantee of adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), catching the virus are on the rise.

On March 27, Punjab’s Primary and Secondary Health Care Department said that two doctors involved in the fight against coronavirus had positive for the disease. The spokesperson for the department stated that the doctors had been performing their duties at a quarantine centre in Dera Ghazi Khan when they started showing symptoms associated with COVID-19.

Earlier, a doctor had lost his life in Gilgit-Baltistan while performing his duties at one of the quarantine centres in the region.

Dr Usama Riaz, who was screening pilgrims who had returned to Pakistan from Iran, had tested positive and could not survive.

Pakistan as of Saturday, reported more than 2,700 cases and 41 deaths.

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