COVID Watch

Over 5,000 Health Workers Infected

A total of 5,367 healthcare workers are recorded to have contracted COVID-19 by June 30, of whom 58 (including 42 doctors) have died. 240 healthcare providers are undergoing treatment in hospitals, of whom 9 are critical. 52% of the total infected healthcare workers have recovered.

Accounting for 3% of the national total, Amnesty International’s South Asia Office head Omar Waraich terms the rate of infection amongst healthcare workers in Pakistan a “devastating tally”.

PCR Tests Priced at Rs. 6,500

Punjab Healthcare Commission fixes the maximum price of COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests to Rs. 6,500. The PCR test is currently the only diagnostic test for the coronavirus disease. Health facilities have been issued warnings that overcharging will carry penalties including fines, suspension of services, and sealing of facilities.

KP to Increase Capacity to 10,000

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government announces daily testing capacity in the province to be increased to 10,000 by the end of July. In addition, hospitals’ bed capacities are also being raised, with Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar expected to be equipped with 500 beds soon.

Sindh Extends Lockdown

Sindh extends restrictions on commercial and social activities in hotspot localities across the province till July 15. Pharmacies and other essential services will be allowed to remain open from 6 AM to 7 PM for 5 days a week (Monday to Friday).