ISLAMABAD: Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar called for unity in response to the third wave of coronavirus, warning that the “danger is higher than ever”.
The comment was made through Twitter on Saturday as the federal minister said that the need for caution is clear. “Need the country to unite in response and achieve once again what we achieved in the first wave, for which we received global praise. Inshallah, we will do it again, together,” he said in a message on Twitter.
He compared Pakistan’s COVID-19 situation with Nepal’s stating that countries with lower population in South Asia were also devested by the third wave in the region but Pakistan had not yet been hit by the worst.
Third wave in Pakistan
In the last 24 hours, 140 people lost their lives due to COVID-19 while 5,177 are in critical condition, according to the latest statistics released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC). Most casualties were seen in the province of Punjab followed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).
Furthermore, Pakistan recorded 4,298 new COVID-19 infections.
As of May 7, the total active COVID-19 cases in Pakistan stand at 83,699. Yesterday, 44,846 tests were conducted with Sindh conducting 13,821; Punjab: 17,599; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa(KP): 7,486; Islamabad(ICT): 3,836 Balochistan: 1,192; Gilgit-Baltistan(GB): 308 and Azad Kashmir(AJK): 604.
Out of 1,756 ventilators reserved for COVID-19 patients in the country, 653 ventilators are currently occupied. There is no patient on the ventilator in AJK, GB and Balochistan. So far, Pakistan has seen a total of 747,755 recoveries.
A total of 850,131 cases have been detected so far in the country with AJK reporting 17,660; Balochistan: 23,016; GB: 5,358; ICT: 77,414, KP: 122,520; Punjab: 314,517 and Sindh: 289,646.
Till now, Pakistan has recorded 18,677 deaths. Punjab is on top of the list with 8,891 casualties followed by Sindh: 4,698; KP: 3,537; Islamabad: 702; Balochistan: 243; GB: 107 and AJK: 499.