Dr Zafar Mirza, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Health, said that 74% of coronavirus patients died who were already suffering from the other disease.
Talking to media at National Command and Operations Center Islamabad, the Special Assistant said that more caution should be exercised in major diseases common in Pakistan.
He added that 74% of the COVID-19 deaths were reported due to diabetes, high blood pressure or other diseases.
Presenting some statistics at the press conference, Dr Zafar Mirza said that the number of daily tests for the diagnosis of coronavirus is constantly increasing.
He said that we are far from the target of 30,000 tests per day but in the last 24 hours we have conducted 23,100 tests out of which 4,960 came positive.
He said that a total of 683,608 tests have been conducted across the country so far and 34% of the affected patients have recovered and returned to their normal lives.
The Special Assistant said that more than 5,000 patients are currently being treated in the country’s hospitals and 262 of them are in critical condition and are on ventilators.
Zafar Mirza said that 75% of the ventilators allocated for COVID-19 patients in the country are still empty, and the reports came that there is pressure on hospitals in big cities.
With this in mind, we introduced a special application yesterday which was used to refer 6 patients to an alternative hospital
The Special Assistant said that the total number has reached 2,002 with 67 deaths in the last 24 hours and the daily death rate is 75% to 76%.
He reiterated that the use of masks is very effective in preventing the virus.
Note that the number of confirmed patients infected with Coronavirus in Pakistan has exceeded one lakh while the number of deaths due to the disease has reached 2,018.