According to Dr. Zafar Mirza, 65% of Pakistan’s total COVID-19 cases are locally transmitted. With 796 new COVID-19 cases reported in the past 24 hours, Pakistan’s national tally now stands at 9216.
The Special Assistant to the PM highlighted that Pakistan’s fatality rate is much lower than the global mortality rate because of the government’s prompt response in enforcing stern preventive measures and precautionary measures adopted by the citizens.
However, there is nothing to be complacent about as the threat of the spread of Coronavirus is still active. Citizens should adhere to strict social distancing and precautionary measures to stop the disease from spreading locally, said Dr. Zafar Mirza.
Pakistan has conducted 104,302 tests so far, with 4,178 tests carried out during the last 24 hours alone. The country is carrying out more COVID-19 tests than any of its South Asian neighbors and is ramping up its testing capacity with each passing day.
Yesterday, 16 people died of COVID-19, taking the national tally to 192. Of the 192 deceased, 74% were males while the rest were females. Whereas, 82% of the total deceased were aged 80 or above. 2066 recoveries so far remain the only silver lining in this dark cloud of COVID-19, stated Dr. Mirza.
The Special Assistant to the PM further added that the government is cognizant of the challenges faced by the patients due to the closure of OPDs. The government is working to address the issues of all patients.
Moreover, the federal government has devised comprehensive SOPs, in line with the recommendations of the WHO, to be observed by the manufacturing units, retailers, shops, and industries that are being reopened after a considerable time.
Besides, a group of foreign diplomats was apprised by the efforts of the federal government at the National Control and Operation Centre (NCOC). The diplomats lauded the government’s efforts in the fight against Coronavirus, said Dr. Mirza.