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April 19, 2020

Ag Agencies

LAHORE/ISLAMABAD: The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 7,925 on Saturday after new infections were confirmed in the country.

The province-wise break-up of the total number of cases as of 12:37am, April 19, is as follows: Out of total 7,925 confirmed cases, 2,355 were reported in Sindh; Punjab: 3,649; Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa: 1,077; Balochistan: 376; Islamabad Capital Territory: 163; Gilgit-Baltistan: 257 and AJK reported 48 cases so far. Total death reached 149 with Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 50 fatalities, Sindh 48, Balochistan 5, Gilgit-Baltistan 3, Punjab 41, and Islamabad Capital Territory 2.

Meanwhile, the devastations of the novel coronavirus continue as five more people fell victim to the dreaded virus in Punjab on Saturday, which brought the COVID-19 death toll to 41 and confirmed cases to 3,649 with the addition of 258 new cases in Punjab. Out of the 41 patients, who died of coronavirus in Punjab so far, 18 died in Lahore, nine in Rawalpindi, six in Multan, two each in Rahim Yar Khan and Gujrat and one each in Bahawalpur, Jhelum, Faisalabad and Toba Tek Singh.

According to an earlier report, of 113 new cases, 91 are common citizens and 22 members of Tableeghi Jamaat, according to a daily report issued by the Corona Monitoring Room of Primary and Secondary Healthcare (P&SH) Department, Punjab.

Out of total confirmed COVID-19 patients, 1,494 are preachers of Tableeghi Jamaat, 701 pilgrims who recently returned from Iran, 94 prisoners in five districts and 1,338 citizens who either had travel history or fell victim to local transmission.

Of 1,374 confirmed COVID-19 preachers, 577 were reported from Raiwind Markaz, 121 from Sargodha, 119 from Multan, 62 from Bhakar, 61 from Muzaffargarh, 45 from Rahim Yar Khan, 41 from Jhelum, 39 from Bahawalpur, 37 from Vehari, 35 from Hafizabad, 31 from Layyah, 23 from Khushab, 22 from Narowal, 19 from Sialkot, 18 from Faisalabad, 17 each from Bahawalnagar, Lodhran and Mandi Bahauddin, 16 from Rawalpindi, 12 from Sheikhupura, 10 each from Gujrat and Gujranwala, nine from Rajanpur, seven each from Mianwali and Sahiwal and two from Nankana Sahib.

Out of 701 confirmed patients from amongst pilgrims, 457 were reported from Multan, 221 from Dera Ghazi Khan and 23 from Faisalabad.

The Young Doctors Association (YDA), Pakistan, General Secretary Dr Salman Kazmi, however, criticized the Health Department for categorizing the data of coronavirus patients on the basis of their sects, which he observed was creating sectarian stigmatization of the patients. He said the Health Department’s daily list of patients segregates the patients in categories of Tableeghi Jamaat, Zaireen from Iran and local citizens, which was a wrong policy and is tantamount to promoting sectarian discrimination on the basis of their diagnosis of coronavirus. “The government must identify the patients with their cities, which will not just end sectarian discrimination but also help the government make effective policies to fight coronavirus,” he added.

The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA), Lahore, also drew the government’s attention towards apathetic and inhuman treatment of bodies of COVID-19 patients, which not just desecrates the bodies but also hurts the emotions of the families of the deceased. “The PMA, therefore, demands that the government make a policy for handing over or burial in accordance with religious injunctions and social values in the light of scientific recommendations in this regard,” said Dr Shahid Malik, general secretary of PMA, Lahore.

So far 1,338 citizens have been tested positive for the virus from across the province. These people either have a travel history or they got infected through local transmission. The highest number of cases has been reported from Lahore where 548 patients are under treatment at different centres.

As many as 149 patients were reported from Gujrat, 140 from Rawalpindi, 63 from Gujranwala, 56 from Sialkot, 44 from Rahim Yar Khan, 36 from Faisalabad, 35 from Vehari, 33 from Jhelum, 31 from Multan, 21 from DG Khan, 18 from Nankana Sahib, 15 from Sargodha, 13 from Sheikhupura, 12 each from Hafizabad and Mandi Bahauddin, 11 from Mianwali, 10 from Kasur, eight each from Bahawalnagar and Chiniot, seven from Bahawalpur, six from Jhang, four each from Chakwal and Khushab, three from Lodhran, two each from Toba Tek Singh, Attock and Khanewal and one each from Pakpattan, Layyah and Okara.

Out of 91 COVID-19 patients in jails, 59 were reported from Lahore, 14 from Sialkot, nine from DG Khan, seven from Gujranwala and two from Bhakar.

As many as 37 prisoners at an isolation centre at the Camp Jail have recovered from the virus. These have been shifted back to their cells. The Services Institute of Medical Sciences is managing the Isolation Ward at the Camp Jail.

The P&SH spokesperson informed that more than 52,500 suspected patients have been screened so far out of which 3,504 were tested positive. He said 684 patients have recovered and returned home. He said 18 serious patients are under treatment at High Dependency Units. Those with normal or mild symptoms are at quarantine centres and Isolation Wards of public sector hospitals. He urged people to stay at home, frequently wash hands and use hand sanitizer. He advised social distancing and adopting precautionary measures while attending sick family members.