Dr Zafar urges people to exercise care under to stop spread of COVID-19
ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza on Thursday said that the federal and provincial governments have taken concrete measure to contain the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad on Thursday, he said there are currently 63 deaths in the country, adding that death rate in Pakistan is 1.46 percent, which includes 85 percent people of over 50 years age.
The special assistant said that 572 patients have recovered so far, 63 patients have died, while 31 are in critical condition.
Dr. Zafar Mirza went on to say that overall 4,462 positive cases of Coronavirus have emerged in the country with Islamabad 102, Punjab 2214, Sindh 1128, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 560, Balochistan 212, Azad Jammu and Kashmir 33 and Gilgit Baltistan 213.
Dr Mirza urged people to demonstrate seriousness and exercise utmost care under prevailing condition to stop spread of the virus. “The restrictions imposed by the government on large gatherings and social contact had an effect on the infection rate,” he said and added if people think we don t need those preventive measures and we don t need social distancing, it would be a very big mistake.
The special assistant further said protective equipment have been dispatched to 152 hospitals for one week to stop spread of Covid-19. He urged the paramedical staff and health professionals to rationally use personal protective equipment, which include N-95 masks, glasses, and protective kits.
He also warned that the country could see a sharp rise in the number of cases and deaths if people were not careful and started going out.