COVID Watch | 18th May 2020


Medics Urge More Plasma Donations

In a first for KP, a Covid-19 patient has recovered after transfusion of plasma immunization at Hayatabad Medical Complex, Peshawar. The hospital started collecting plasma from the recovered patients as part of the national trial to reduce deaths under the leadership of Prof Tahir Shamsi of the National Institute of Blood Diseases Karachi.

HMC medical director Prof Shehzad Akbar urged all recovered patients to donate plasma to save lives of infected patients.

Another Journalist Tested Positive

A journalist and his three children in Khanewal have been tested positive for Covid-19. The health department has isolated them at home. The children were 13, 10 and eight years old and were in a stable condition.

According to an independent media watchdog, over 50 journalists have been infected with the virus in the country.

AJK Re-Imposes Restrictions

The Azad Jammu and Kashmir government have announced to withdraw lockdown relaxations from Tuesday after witnessing a ‘dangerous’ surge in the Covid-19 cases in the territory. A notification has already been issued in this regard.

“There will be complete lockdown that had been imposed earlier on March 23 under Epidemic Diseases Act 1958,” the notification reads.

AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider said his government took the decision in the larger interest of the public as no business worth human life

CM KP Fear Virus Outbreak

CM KP Mahmood Khan fears that relaxing lockdown measures have increased the threat of massive corona outbreak in the province.  The govt urged people to follow all the precautionary measures issued by the administration and violations will not be tolerated.

The provincial tally of the patients has crossed 6000 while 318 has died of the virus, the highest number of deaths recorded by any province.

Transporters Refuse To Start Operations

Transporters in Punjab have refused to resume operation. They said it is not feasible to run busses at a discounted fare with 50pc passenger occupancy. The transporters’ federation has also sought a reduction in the toll tax.

Meanwhile, Sindh’s transporters vow to defy government orders if they are not allowed to resume operations by Tuesday.