PESHAWAR / MARDAN: The provincial well being division on Thursday stated that 4 new circumstances of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed within the province.
The provincial authorities Thursday moved to lock down the union council the place one of many first casualties from the virus had been reported within the nation.
The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (Ok-P) Well being Division in a press release on microblogging social community Twitter stated on Thursday that out of the 4 new circumstances confirmed, two sufferers had a historical past of international journey whereas one was a relative of a confirmed coronavirus affected person.
The final affected person had no journey historical past or identified contact with a coronavirus affected person.
“Total confirmed coronavirus patients in K-P are 23 now,” the assertion learn.
The well being division, nonetheless, rejected rumours that medical doctors who had identified and handled the coronavirus affected person in Mardan had been now contaminated with the virus.
In a video message shared by the well being division on its Twitter account, Mardan District Headquarters Hospital Medical Superintendent Basit Saleem stated that he has spoken to all medical doctors who had handled coronavirus sufferers they usually had been in good well being and excessive spirits.
Wazir dispels case spike
Adviser to the Chief Minister on Info and Public Relations Ajmal Wazir on Thursday rejected stories about 15 new coronavirus circumstances being confirmed within the province, clarifying that after 4 new circumstances had been confirmed, the toll has climbed to 23 whereas one other 92 are suspected of being contaminated with the virus. They’ve been examined and the outcomes of 43 sufferers are awaited.
Chatting with media on the data division, the adviser stated the brand new confirmed circumstances have been reported from the Mansehra, Khyber, and Buner districts.
Mardan’s Manga UC sealed
In the meantime, the Mardan district administration on Thursday declared an emergency in and locked down the Manga Union Council — the native space of the deceased COVID-19 affected person Saadat Khan.
A notification issued by the district administration stated that the UC has been locked down with nobody allowed to both enter or exit the UC.
It added that the choice has been taken within the bigger curiosity of public security as a number of folks met with the deceased when he returned to the nation after performing Umrah in Saudi Arabia.
Nonetheless, locals instructed The Specific Tribune that regardless of the strict measures adopted by the district administration, they’ve but to host a go to from medical personnel, nor has the world been disinfected
In the meantime, the deceased was buried within the UC with tight security measures. His household has been shifted to the Mardan Medical Advanced the place their nasopharyngeal swabs had been taken for the COVID-19 take a look at.
Saadat, in a video earlier than his demise, had complained of fever, throat an infection and issues in respiration – together with shortness of breath, accompanied by chest ache.
Gomal medical doctors protest
Docs and different medical employees on the Gomal Medical Faculty on Thursday protested in opposition to the shortage of Private Safety Tools (PPE) for medical doctors. A senior physician of the well being facility, whereas requesting anonymity, stated that security of the healthcare employees was essential in such a scenario in order that they may carry out duties with out getting sick.
Ok-P govt closes 23 depts
The provincial authorities on Thursday closed at the very least 23 public sector departments within the Civil Secretariat with speedy impact within the wake of coronavirus menace.
An announcement stated that solely 9 departments together with well being, dwelling, finance, rehabilitation, administrative, meals, agriculture and elementary and secondary schooling and planning would stay open within the public curiosity.
Revealed in The Specific Tribune, March 20th, 2020.