Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health, Dr. Zafar Mirza, has revealed that almost half of COVID-19 cases in Pakistan are locally transmitted.
He made these remarks while addressing a press conference in Islamabad.
What happens over the next few days depends on our actions, whether we take preventive measures or not.
The last 24 hours were tragic, 14 people have died, Mirza said, adding that the government had warned this would happen. He cautioned people to maintain social distancing and ensure proper hand hygiene.
Zafar also asked the people to take precautionary measures and stay at home to remain safe. He noted that the infection is preventable and its spread can be controlled if we take proper preventive measures.
Briefing about the situation in the country due to the virus, Dr. Zafar said that nearly half of the total 5,415 cases are locally transmitted, which is shocking.
He said that after Sunday’s deaths, the fatality rate in Pakistan has climbed to 1.7 against the global fatality rate of 6.1 percent.
More than 17,300 people are quarantined at different facilities across the country, of which 18 percent tested positive.
He said that the National Command and Control Centre (NCOC) is preparing a video that would be released soon.
The SAPM urged people not to spread misinformation on coronavirus and asked to rely on information released by the government.