Hospitals in Pakistan see 28% decline in critical COVID-19 cases

Motorcyclists ride past a banner paying tribute to health and medical workers for their fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus displayed on a street in Islamabad on July 8, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 12 July 2020

Hospitals in Pakistan see 28% decline in critical COVID-19 cases

  • Planning minister says recoveries on track due to effective implementation of lockdown measures
  • National caseload stood at 248,871 infections as of Sunday

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has seen a 28 percent decrease in the number of critically ill COVID-19 patients across the country with Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar attributing the decline to an “effective implementation of smart lockdown measures.”
“On June 20, 2,969 patients were being provided oxygen while 546 were on ventilators. Now there are 1,762 patients on oxygenated beds and 394 on ventilators, which depict a 28 percent reduction in number,” he said in a Twitter post on Saturday.
The number of daily infections has also seen a gradual decline since the start of the month while the fatality count dropped from 153 on June 19 to 74 on Sunday. 
According to the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 portal, as of Sunday, the national caseload stood at 248,871 – with 2,521 new infections reported – while 5,197 people had died from the disease.
Meanwhile, the country has also seen an uptick in recoveries with 156,700 cases recorded thus far.
Urging people to exercise caution during the upcoming Eid Al Adha celebrations, Prime Minister Imran Khan said it was necessary to avert a resurgence of the coronavirus as the curve was flattening in the country.
“I appeal to my people not to do again what they did on previous Eid (Eidul Fitr). Any public gathering causes the spread of the virus and puts pressure on hospitals, doctors and nurses besides causing deaths,” he told the media after inaugurating the first Isolation Hospital and Infections Treatment Center in Islamabad on July 9.


King Salman congratulates President Alvi on Pakistan’s Independence Day

Updated 13 August 2020

King Salman congratulates President Alvi on Pakistan’s Independence Day

  • The Saudi king wished the Pakistani president good health and prayed for the prosperity of Pakistani people
  • Saudi envoy in Islamabad also recorded an Independence Day message in Urdu that went viral on social media

ISLAMABAD: King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud sent a message of felicitation to Pakistan’s President Dr. Arif Alvi on Thursday, congratulating him on the 74th Independence Day of his country that will be celebrated on Friday.
The king reached out to the Pakistani head of the state on behalf of his government and people of Saudi Arabia, wishing him good health and praying for the progress and prosperity of the people of Pakistan.
Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki also recorded an Independence Day message in Urdu that went viral on social media. 

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have always enjoyed cordial relations with each other. The Kingdom has been among of the biggest job providers to Pakistanis and the greatest source of foreign remittances for the South Asian nation.
The two countries have also witnessed leadership level exchanges since the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government assumed the political leadership of Pakistan. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman undertook a high-profile visit to Islamabad in February 2019, and Prime Minister Imran Khan also went to the Kingdom several times during his tenure in the office.
The Saudi king and ambassadors are also among the first foreign leaders and envoys who have issued the Independence Day messages to congratulate the government and people of Pakistan.