COVID Watch | 4th May 2020


COVID-19 Kills Another Doctor

A retired doctor of the Karachi Institute of Heart Diseases becomes the third health professional to succumb to COVID-19 in Pakistan. Dr. Furqan ul-Haq had gone into self-isolation when he had been diagnosed with the virus. As he was a heart patient, the deceased required a ventilator when the condition began to deteriorate but was turned away from several hospitals due to a lack of ventilators.

The patient passed away on Sunday, May 3 – a representative of the Health and Population Welfare ministry stated that ventilators were available at the Civil Hospital Karachi and Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center, but that they would open an inquiry into the matter.

Police Personnel Infected

15 officers including the SHO of the Daska City police station in Sialkot in a single day. Daska has been sealed following the emergence of COVID-19 cases and will be opened on May 9, according to Assistant Commissioner Asif Hussain Mehdi. Meanwhile, an operator employed at the Fateh Sher police station in Sahiwal tested positive for the virus, after which health authorities temporarily sealed the police station for disinfection. Tests results of 16 other police officials at the same station are pending.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, an officer including 10 other citizens succumbed to coronavirus in the past 24 hours. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa currently has 172 COVID-19 fatalities till date, the highest among the provinces

100 Medics In Balochistan Test Positive

8 doctors and 4 nurses tested positive for COVID-19 in Balochistan in the past 24 hours, bringing the tally of total infected healthcare workers in the province to 98. Healthcare workers in Balochistan are the most vulnerable to viruses, as a total of 59 doctors and 39 other healthcare workers such as nurses and paramedics have contracted the virus till date.

Cases, Recoveries On Rise In Sindh

214 recover while 363 new coronavirus cases emerge in Sindh on May 3, showing an upward trend in the recovery ratio. Cases are still, however, on the rise, warned Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah. Of the 64,000 people tested in Sindh so far, 11% have been diagnosed positive. Of the 3,000 tests carried out on May 3, 363 (around 12%) tested positive for COVID-19.

Punjab Testing Capacity Raised To 6,000

Rs. 620 million have been disbursed to different labs across Punjab to increase the province’s daily testing capacity to 6,000, stated Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar on Sunday, May 4. However, around 2,000 tests are being conducted in Punjab per day, which constitutes nearly half of Sindh’s daily test average despite twice the population.