As the government ordered a relaxation of the ban to curb the spread of coronavirus, the Pakistani government opened more businesses, so the number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan exceeded 30,000 on Sunday.
According to the latest data from the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), Pakistan recorded 1,991 COVID-19 cases and 20 deaths on Sunday, bringing the county-wide total to 30,334, of which 659 died of respiratory diseases.
So far, Pakistan has conducted 283,517 coronavirus tests and 13,341 tests in the past 24 hours. The quarantine centers of 462 hospitals are providing treatment for patients, where 7,295 beds can be provided.
Punjab and Sindh remains the worst-hit province by the pandemic followed by Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.
11,093 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Punjab, 11,480 in Sindh, 4,669 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 1,935 in Balochistan, 641 in Islamabad, 430 in Gilgit-Baltistan and 86 in Azad Kashmir.
8,063 coronavirus patients have recovered in the country whereas many are in critical condition.
Health Ministry to evolve disinfection policy
The National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) was informed on Sunday that the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination will develop a comprehensive disinfection policy to ensure disinfection of different areas after a coronavirus (COVID-19) attack.
“At the meeting with the provincial health ministers, we reached consensus on five things, including systematic investigations of COVID patient deaths, zero-epidemic research on viruses, post-quarantine policies, hospital disinfection and resource management guidelines, Prime Minister National Health Dr. Zafar Mirza, Special Assistant for Services, Regulations and Coordination, presided over the meeting.
The NGO Committee meeting chaired by Asad Umar, Minister of Federal Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, was also led by NGO National Coordinator Lt Gen Hamood Uz Zaman, Federal Minister of Industry and Production Hamad Hazard, special assistant to the Prime Minister of National Security, attended. Moeed Yusuf et al.
Dr. Zafar said that a consensus has been reached that detailed standard operating procedures (SOPs) need to be issued regarding area disinfection.
He said: “In investigating the death of COVID-19 patients, we need to be more systematic,” he added, and a unified approach will soon be adopted for this purpose.
Dr. Zafar said that the provinces have been notified of the system established by the National Information Technology Board (NITB) to indicate the availability of vents and beds in hospitals in the country.
While introducing the system to NCOC, NITB CEO Shabahat Ali Shah stated that this is to facilitate decision makers to make decisions about coronaviruses.
He said that all public hospital managers have been granted permission to use the system, allowing them to update their resource data recently.
Asad Umar emphasized the need to provide provincial health authorities with access to the site to ensure that data on the availability of beds and ventilators in all hospitals is regularly updated.
Several agendas were also discussed, including a new repatriation policy for stranded nationals, and the National Disaster Management Administration ’s plan to purchase key equipment.
The CEO National Disaster Risk Management Fund informed NCOC how to use funds to purchase personal protective equipment after a coronavirus infection.