ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will receive more medical supplies from its allies who have all the weather in China to combat the coronavirus outbreak in a country where COVID-19 cases have risen sharply to 4,788 and the death rate reaches 7188, officials said on Saturday.
The Ministry of National Health Service, in its morning update on its website, reported that five patients died of the corona virus in the past 24 hours.
The total number of cases on Saturday rose to 4,788 with more than 190 new infections. The death toll from COVID-19 has reached 71.
A total of 762 have recovered while 50 are in critical condition, he said.
According to the data, Punjab reported 2,336 COVID-19 patients, Sindh 1,214, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) 656, Balochistan 220, Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) 215, Islamabad 113 and Kashmir (PoK) occupied by Pakistan 34.
Meanwhile, China is providing more medical supplies to Pakistan to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
A special Pakistani International Airline (PIA) aircraft will arrive from China with more medical supplies.
This is the second plane to arrive in two days, said Naghmana Hashmi, Pakistan’s Ambassador to China.
“Special PIA aircraft with 50 donated ventilators, equipment & PPE (personal protective equipment) left Chengdu to Islamabad today.
A relief plane from Beijing left yesterday, “he tweeted.
Earlier on March 27, a Khunjerab permit between Pakistan and China was opened for a day to receive Chinese medical supplies.
Pakistan and China have described their relationship as an all-weather strategic partnership and have supported each other on issues involving their core interests.
Authorities in Pakistan have so far conducted 57,836 tests, including 2,457 in the past day.
Official data shows that 52 percent of patients are those who have traveled abroad while 48 percent are local transmissions.
So far Lahore with 21 percent of the total share of infections is at the top as the most infected city in Pakistan, followed by Karachi with 18 percent infection.
But a Sindh health official expressed concern on Friday that Karachi was vulnerable because of its dense population and increasing scarce local transmission.
Three districts of six metropolitan cities each have more than 100 cases, with the Eastern District having 185 positive cases, the Central District 144 and the Southern District 135 cases.
The Secretary General of the Pakistan Medical Association, Karachi, Dr. Abdul Ghafoor Shoro, said residents in poor areas were roaming, which was a serious threat to them and others.
“I believe there will be more cases in other areas, such as Keamari, Lyari, Korangi and Orangi City,” he said.
Also, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday chaired a meeting with officials to discuss ways to bring back about 40,000 Pakistanis stranded in various countries.
Pakistan made a panic attempt to overcome this pandemic.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has warned people to follow official guidelines about self-isolation or the virus will spread even further.
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