Coronavirus kills 81 in Pakistan over 24 hours

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Coronavirus kills 81 in Pakistan over 24 hours

• Doctors among the five doctors who lost their lives during the same period.

• Assistant Prime Minister announces new guidelines on Fun ’s burial

• Imran convenes NCC meeting and decides to close

Islamabad: When Prime Minister Imran Khan called the National Coordinating Committee (NCC) to meet on Monday and decided to relax the blockade, Pakistan witnessed the highest increase in the number of coronavirus cases and deaths. One day, the medical community lost another five lives in the past 24 hours.

On Friday, 81 deaths were reported across the country, and the death toll increased from 1,283 to 1,364. Among them, five were doctors, including two who died in Baluchistan, one died in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and the other died in Punjab, while Covid- 19 The number of patients increased from 62,689 on the last day to 65,216.

However, the special assistant of Prime Minister Zafar Mirza told the media that this situation has been controlled because the government still has sufficient facilities (including fans and beds) to cope with the influx of patients.

On the way to the press conference, the Deputy Prime Minister said that so far, in the past 24 hours, there have been more than 64,000 confirmed cases and more than 2,500 newly reported cases. He said that although new positive cases have increased and there is a threat of rapid spread of the disease, the government has sufficient facilities, including beds and fans, to cope with the emerging situation.

He also shared with the media government guidelines on the safe burial of Covid-19 patients, and urged citizens to continue to implement standard operating procedures.

Dr Mirza said that on hospital beds and ventilators, the government has developed a health information system (HIS) to update the status of facilities for patients with Covid disease in public sector hospitals.

He said that the number of ventilator patients is rising, but the use rate of ventilator is 20%, which shows that there are still enough ventilators and beds in the hospital.

In the past 24 hours, the five doctors fighting the coronavirus were Dr. Zubair Ahmed Khan and Dr. Muhammad Akbar Mengal in Baluchistan, Dr. Khanzada Shinwari and Dr. Sana Fatima in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and medical student Salman Punjab Bangtahir.

Dr. Zubair, who was in charge of the Trauma Center at the Bolan Medical Collage Hospital Complex, passed away on Thursday night, and Dr. Mengal, who works at Fatima Jinima Chest Hospital, died on Friday. .

Young Fatima doctor and medical student Salman died in a private hospital in Lahore. Dr. Shinwari died Thursday at Khyber Teaching Hospital in Peshawar, originally from Hangu.

Burial Guidelines

The assistant to the Prime Minister shared with the media the new guidelines for handling the bodies of Covid-19 patients, and said that if participants follow the precautions, attending the funeral of Covid-19 patients will not be hindered in any way. .

He urged citizens to continue to implement instructional directives to overcome the increased protective measures against coronavirus cases. He said that the government’s guidelines are already very strict, but some people have made them even stricter.

He said the government has made some amendments to the safe burial guidelines to ensure the safety of people attending funerals or dealing with people who suspect or test positive for Covid-19.

He said that there is no limit for immediate family members to participate in the final ceremony. However, anyone assisting and handling the human body must wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including dresses, gloves, masks, etc. He suggested wearing masks and goggles if there is a potential risk of splashing body fluids.

He said that there was no obstacle to burying Gusar (bath) and the shroud. Medical staff, family members or morgue personnel who are planning to bury the body should follow standard precautions to use appropriate PPE.

He said family members and friends can see the body, but they are not allowed to touch or kiss it. Hands should be washed thoroughly with soap and water frequently.

Funeral ceremonies, including funeral gatherings and prayers, should be as few as possible, including only immediate family members and relatives.

He said there were 157 ventilator patients on Friday, the highest number of ventilator patients recorded in a day. Overall, about 35% of patients (22,305) have fully recovered so far, he said, adding that more than 520,000 coronary examinations have been performed so far.

At the same time, a senior cabinet member told Liming that the prime minister will preside over the NCC meeting on Monday because the deadline will end on May 31. He said the meeting will decide whether to re-impose restrictions on the blockade. You should be more relaxed.


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