Covid-19 death toll crosses 15,000 mark

Published April 8, 2021
The number of active cases continued to increase and the tally reached 64,373 on Wednesday. — Reuters/File
The number of active cases continued to increase and the tally reached 64,373 on Wednesday. — Reuters/File

ISLAMABAD: While around 20 per cent decline was observed in the number of Covid-19 cases, over 100 deaths were reported for the second consecutive day on Wednesday, taking the overall tally to 15,000 mortalities.

Bakhtawar Bhutto-Zardari, daughter of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and ex-president Asif Ali Zardari, has been infected with coronavirus.

According to data released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), 4,004 cases and 102 deaths were reported in a single day. Out of the 102 deaths, 95 passed away in hospitals. As many as 4,529 patients were admitted to hospitals across the country, of which 443 were on ventilators.

According to the data, 70pc ventilators were occupied in Multan, 69pc in Lahore, 60pc in Gujranwala and 58pc in Islamabad. Moreover, 85pc oxygenated beds were in use in Gujranwala, 82pc in Peshawar, 75pc in Gujrat and 59pc in Swat.

The number of active cases continued to increase and the tally reached 64,373 on Wednesday. So far 700,188 people have contracted the deadly virus and 15,026 lost their lives.

Bakhtawar contracts Covid-19

“I tested positive for Covid19 on April 2nd - isolating and recovering. Just a reminder to keep being cautious, call people out if their masks don’t cover their nose, get vaccinated & help those less fortunate to get vaccinated too. May Allah keep us all safe. Aameen,” Bakhtawar Bhutto-Zardari tweeted.

Meanwhile, National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser stressed the need for vaccinating senior citizens in accordance with the NCOC guidelines. He said friendly ambience and supportive role of doctors and paramedical staff played a vital role in fast recovery of the coronavirus-affected patients.

The NA speaker expressed these views while chairing a meeting on streamlining the vaccination process for Covid-19 patients in Islamabad on Wednesday. “There is a need to upgrade facilities in government hospitals and guiding mechanism for patients is imperative to guide the patients, especially in government hospitals,” he said.

Expressing displeasure over the Pakistan Institute of Medical Science (PIMS) management’s unprofessional response to tackling Covid-19 patients, he said the management level needed to be more responsive.

The NA Speaker also briefed the meeting on his visit to Polyclinic Hospital Islamabad and stressed the need for making government hospitals a model for the whole country.

MNAs Ali Nawaz Awan and Raja Khurram Shahzad also expressed reservations over the mechanism of handling Covid-19 patients, especially by the PIMS management. They said there was a need to have mobile teams, especially in rural areas of Islamabad, for vaccination of senior citizens.

Mr Awan invited Speaker Qaiser to visit the Chak Shahzad vaccination centre, a state-of-the-art facility managed by National Institute of Health.

It is worth mentioning here that President Dr Arif Alvi had in November last year promulgated the Medical Teaching Institution (MTI) Ordinance according to which PIMS will be run through a board of governors who will look after the affairs of the hospital. The board members were appointed and notified by the Ministry of National Health Services on the recommendations of a search and nomination council. The BoG has overall control over the functions of the hospital.

Published in Dawn, April 8th, 2021

Opinion

Elite privileges
20 Apr 2021

Elite privileges

Elite bargains provide a powerful view of our political economy.
A conjurer of limitless hope
20 Apr 2021

A conjurer of limitless hope

Rehman Sahib came across as a battle-scarred soldier who was perpetually planning to regroup after a setback.
Cabinet lotto
Updated 20 Apr 2021

Cabinet lotto

To return to finance, the second change in the key ministry is interesting for how it differs from the first.
Election ex machina
Updated 19 Apr 2021

Election ex machina

Neither EVMs nor i-voting are new innovations, yet their use remains deeply controversial.

Editorial

Media blackout
Updated 20 Apr 2021

Media blackout

A free flow of information is the best way to counter rumour-mongering and fake news.
20 Apr 2021

Gas utilities’ reluctance

THE government has ‘ordered’ state-owned gas companies SSGC and SNGPL to remove impediments hampering the...
20 Apr 2021

Saudi-Iran talks

EVER since the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, ties between Tehran and Riyadh have been increasingly strained,...
19 Apr 2021

Vaccine shortfall

THE hope that the slew of Covid-19 vaccinations approved for use since the end of last year would vanquish the ...
Another package
Updated 19 Apr 2021

Another package

Sindh has not seen much development worth the name during the PPP’s more than decade-long rule in the province.
19 Apr 2021

Cricket triumph

TEAM Pakistan have a number of reasons to rejoice after their 3-1 T20 series win over hosts South Africa on Friday....