KP’s Covid-19 death toll tops 1,000 with over 15,000 infections
Virus situation improving across country except Sindh: Asad Umar

Statesman Report

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has reported another 19 deaths to bring its death toll to 1,002. Seven fatalities were reported from Peshawar, four in Dir Lower, three in Abbottabad, two in Malakand, and one each in Chitral Lower, Bajaur and D I Khan.

Health officials also reported 336 new cases, taking the total to 27,506.

Another 805 patients recovered in the past 24 hours, taking the tally to 15,520. A total of 156,253 tests have been conducted in the province so far.

Meanwhile, Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar on Friday said that while the country’s overall coronavirus situation was getting better, there was a significant lack of improvement in Sindh, particularly in the provincial capital Karachi.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, the minister said that the number of deaths, patients admitted to hospitals and patients on ventilators had gone down.

Crediting this development to citizens following precautionary measures to curb the spread of the virus, Umar said if this continues, the country’s situation will continue to improve.

“However, there is only one area where we are not seeing that much improvement, which is in Sindh, especially Karachi,” he said.

He maintained that to address this, the National Command and Operation Centre team held a meeting with the provincial chief secretary and the provincial health minister and was working on a way to replicate the results from the rest of the country in Sindh.

He also urged citizens to remain mindful of the fact that an improvement was only being seen because they were following precautionary measures.

“Don’t take this to mean that the pandemic is going away on its own and you can do whatever you want,” he cautioned, adding that a lapse in following preventive measures could cause the number of cases to rise again.

“I had earlier warned that our cases could reach 1.2 million by July end if we don’t take action or follow preventive measures. But because people are following precautionary measures and the administration is also taking action [...] this number may be less than 400,000.”

He concluded his press conference by urging the public to follow doctors’ advice with seriousness.