Islamabad: The countrywide death toll from the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) rose to 1,998 on Saturday with over 100 deaths reported in a single day. The total number of confirmed cases rose to 98,769 cases with 4,734 new cases.
Of the total 98,227 cases, the Sindh reported 36,364 cases, Punjab 37,090, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 13,001, Balochistan 6,221, Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) 4,323, Gilgit-Baltistan 897, and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) 331.
The death toll rose to 1,998, with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa reporting 561, Punjab 683, Sindh 634, Balochistan 54, Gilgit-Baltistan 13, Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) 45, and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) 8.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 20 more people died on Saturday, taking the toll to 561 – the highest number of fatalities in any part of the country.
In addition, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa reported 542 more cases, raising the total number of positive cases to 13,001.
Peshawar is still ahead of all other districts in the country in terms of fatalities and positive cases.
Of 561 deaths, 12 were reported from Peshawar, two each from Buner, Bajaur, and Battagram, and one each from Nowshera, and. Haripur.
With the latest deaths, the number of fatalities reached 300 in Peshawar. Second is Swat after Peshawar in terms of human losses and positive cases.
Swat has lost 52 people to Covid-19 and recorded 1257 positive cases.
Of 542 new cases, Peshawar reported 175 positive cases, taking the toll from Covid-19 to 4757. Swat was second to Peshawar in terms of reporting the highest number of positive cases as it recorded 59 positive cases, taking the toll from Covid-19 to 1257.
Karak and Bajaur reported each 29 positive cases, Abbottabad and Charsadda 28 each cases, Khyber and Dir Lower 25 each, Battagram 16, Haripur 15, Mansehra 12, Dera Ismail Khan and Mardan 10 each and Kohat recorded seven cases. In addition, 26 cases were reported from international flights.
According to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), Punjab, 37,090 individuals were infected until 10pm, while 1,782 new cases had been detected.
A total of 7,668 tests were performed, while 24 more people died in the last 24 hours. The death toll in the province stood at 683, while 8,109 people have recovered.
Meanwhile, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Services Dr Zafar Mirza Saturday said 75 percent beds at the intensive care units (ICU) of hospitals were unoccupied, dispelling the impression of shortage of facilities for COVID-19 patients.
In a media briefing, Dr Mirza said only 25 percent beds with ventilators were being used at hospitals to support corona patients, while sufficient quantity was available for incoming patients and there was no shortage of beds, ventilators or any other facility for the Covid-19 patients.
He said the lockdown policy was being implemented in 700 areas of the country to avoid spread of the disease, while only such places were sealed where there were threats of massive local transmission.
He said there was no shortage of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) kits for frontline health workers and doctors, as the government was regularly providing PPE kits to 450 hospitals across the country.
He said the government was committed to ensuring availability of medical services for corona patients at hospitals and provision of best possible medical treatment.
In this regard, a Resource Management System (RMS) has been developed to collect and provide real-time information about Corona patients throughout the country.
He said the government had developed this system with having update on status of available facilities at public sector hospitals for COVID-19 patients.
He said with this system, the government would be able to know the beds and ventilators occupancy and availability at ICU and allocated wards of hospitals.
He said with the help of this system, the authorities concerned could easily manage the situation in hospitals to properly treat the corona patients.