Pakistan Adds Record 2,255 New Cases, 31 Deaths in 24 Hours

A police officer uses megaphone to disperse shopkeepers, who gather to reopen their shops at a closed electronics market, as the lockdown continues during the efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Karachi, Pakistan April 27, 2020. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

Pakistan saw its deadliest day in terms of daily new cases as the country added 2,255 new positive coronavirus cases in just 24 hours to take the tally to 34,336.

Of new cases, more than half or 1,356 cases were recorded in Punjab only, while Sindh reported 593 new cases in past 24 hours. KP, Balochistan and Islamabad added 146, 97 and 43 new coronavirus cases respectively.

Sources said that spike in cases in Punjab could be due to back-log of tests in the province as the province reported only 800 cumulative cases in previous two days; indicating that a lot of tests came back yesterday and were reported accordingly.

Number of deaths reached 31 in 24 hours, of which 24 patients were on ventilator; indicating a high fatality rate when patients are on ventilator.

Number of hospitalizations reached 7,876, of whom 195 are critical while another 128 patients are on ventilator.

Hospitalizations grew sharply yesterday as 1,215 new hospitalizations were recorded in a single day.

It is expected that fatalities could spike in coming days as number of patients in ICU are on the rise.

A total of 8,812 have so far recovered and discharged from the hospitals.

COVID-19 in Healthcare Workers

A total of 912 health care workers have been tested positive for the coronavirus in Pakistan. Of these professionals, 486 are doctors, 146 are nurses while 280 individuals are from other health care staff of the hospitals.

198 health care professionals — who were tested positive — were performing duties in Critical Care facilities while 714 health care professionals  — who tested positive — were performing duties elsewhere.

Off 912 positive cases, only health care workers are in ICU or on ventilator, while remaining 699 health care workers are in stable condition. Another 198 health care professionals have tested negative for the virus and are cleared of the infection.

A total of 11 health care workers died of the disease in the country.

More in below table and graphs:

Confirmed CasesIn 24 HoursTests in 24 HoursDeathsLast 24 Hours