Pakistan says over 13,000 health care workers infected with COVID-19 so far

In this file photo, a Pakistani doctor walks out of an isolation ward set up as a preventative measure following the deadly Coronavirus outbreak, at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center in Karachi on Feb. 3, 2020. (AP/File)
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Updated 13 January 2021

Pakistan says over 13,000 health care workers infected with COVID-19 so far

  • 113 coronavirus deaths reported among Pakistani health care workers
  • Sindh province reports highest number of coronavirus cases among health care professionals

ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), the Pakistani federal government’s central body dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, has said over 13,000 health care workers had been infected with COVID-19 and more than 100 had died since the first cases of the disease were reported in Pakistan in late February last year. 
Pakistan is currently battling a second wave of the coronavirus, and has reported over 500,000 infections and 10,772 deaths since February. 
“32 new cases have been reported in HCWs [health care workers], increasing the total to 13,053 while 12,300 have recovered (640 active cases),” the NCOC said in a report this week. “113 deaths have been reported among HCWs.”
The Center said the highest number of coronavirus cases among health care workers was reported in the southern Sindh province, at 4,631. 1.
Pakistan said last month it would purchase 1.2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from China’s Sinopharm in the first official confirmation of a vaccine purchase by the South Asian country as it battles a second wave.
Dr. Faisal Sultan, the de facto health minister of Pakistan, said on Tuesday Pakistan was hopeful it would receive the first batch of the vaccine from Sinopharm in “early February.”


Pakistan announces all incoming foreign travelers being tested for COVID-19 at airports 

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Pakistan announces all incoming foreign travelers being tested for COVID-19 at airports 

  • Travelers especially from the UK and South Africa to face mandatory testing upon arrival in Pakistan
  • Those who test positive would be quarantined, National Command and Operation Center says

ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), the Pakistani government’s central body dealing with the pandemic, said on Monday all foreign travelers to Pakistan were now being tested at airports to stem the spread of the coronavirus as Pakistan battles a second wave of the disease. 

Pakistan has reported 534,041 COVID-19 cases so far, and 11,318 deaths.

“All foreign travelers especially from UK and South Africa were being tested at the airports,” the NCOC said in a statement. “Those tested positive for coronavirus were being quarantined.”

It added: “The government would keep the record of vaccinated persons; even those who traveled from abroad would have to provide a legal document confirming that they had been vaccinated.”

Last month, Pakistan was among the countries across the globe that shut their borders to Britain on due to fears about a highly infectious new coronavirus strain. 

India, Pakistan, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Russia, Jordan and Hong Kong suspended travel for Britons after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said a mutated variant of the virus had been identified in the country. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman closed their borders completely though some travel has resumed. 

Several other nations blocked travel from Britain over the weekend, including France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Ireland, Belgium and Canada. France shut its border to arrivals of people and trucks from Britain, closing off one of the most important trade arteries with mainland Europe.