More than 54000 contracted the novel coronavirus and over 1,100 died in the month of May – Pakistan

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In the month of May, over 54,000 people contracted the COVID-19 and more than 1,100 patients died in Pakistan; even the percentage of tests with positive results has also increased drastically.

The countrywide tally surged from 16,817 cases to 71,068 by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), with the addition of 2,785 new cases with a jump of 79 in the death toll that was recorded during the past 24 hours.

According to the NCOC, by April 31, 2020, the countrywide record was 16,817 coronavirus – 6,053 patients in Sindh, 6,340 patients in Punjab, 2,627 patients in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 1,049 patients in Baluchistan, 343 patients in Islamabad, 339 patients in Gilgit-Baltistan, and 66 patients in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, with only 385 deaths – this reported record was from the time when the virus first detected on Feb 26.

However, in just a period of one month, the situation changed completely.

So far, over 54000 cases reported – 28,245 in Sindh, 25,056 in Punjab, 10,027 in KP, 4,393 in Baluchistan, 2,418 in Islamabad, 678 in Gilgit Baltistan, and 251 cases in AJK.

Dr Zafar Mirza, special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) said that the situation is continuously deteriorating – not only the number of cases is increasing but the percentage of the positive tests are also making new heights, mounting pressure on tertiary care hospitals.

At a media briefing, he said: “Currently, 723 patients are in critical condition, of whom 201 are on ventilators. Overall 28pc ventilators, dedicated for the Covid-19 patients, are being used, but the ratio is increasing.” 

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