Coronavirus fatality rate in Pakistan stands at 1.7pc: SAPM Mirza

Coronavirus fatality rate in Pakistan stands at 1.7pc: SAPM Mirza

Islamabad (Staff Report/Agencies): Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza said the fatality rate of the COVID-19 has surged to 1.7 percent.

Addressing a press briefing here on Sunday, Dr Mirza said the global fatality rate of the virus is 6.1pc. At least 17,332 people have registered in quarantine centres in Pakistan out of which 18percent have tested positive.

Meanwhile, at least twelve doctors and six nurses have tested positive for coronavirus at Nishtar Medical Hospital.

Vice-Chancellor Nishtar Medical University Dr Mustafa Kamal Pasha said the paramedics were exposed to the virus while treating a patient.

“The staff had been treating a patient who had a lung disease. After the patient died his test came back positive for the virus. We conducted tests of everyone in the ward after the patient passed away,” he added.

The global death toll from coronavirus has passed 100,000.

According to researchers at John Hopkins University, at least 102,026 people have died as a result of the pandemic. The institution says at least 1,681,964 people have been infected, while 374,509 have recovered.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan on Sunday rose to 5,171.

At least 2, 464 cases reported in Punjab, 1,411 in Sindh, 697 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 229 in Balochistan, 216 in Gilgit Baltistan, 119 in Islamabad, and 35 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

According to the National Command and Control Centre, the death toll related to COVID-19 has reached 88, while at least 1,026 patients have fully recovered.