The number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan exceeds 20,000

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's count crossed the 20,000 mark on Monday after 1,083 new infections were diagnosed, the health ministry said.

In the last 24 hours, 1,083 new cases were reported, with a total of 20,186 patients. There were 22 deaths during this period, increasing deaths to 462. A total of 5,590 patients have recovered in the country, the ministry said.

So far, authorities have conducted 212,511 tests, including 9,522 during the period.

The Ministry of National Health Services said that of the total number of patients, the Punjab province reported 7,524 cases, Sindh 7,465, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 3,129, Baluchistan 1,218, Islamabad 415, Gilgit-Baltistan 364 and Kashmir 71 occupied by Pakistan.

Pakistan's total figure so far was 20,186.

According to a report published in the Dawn newspaper, a critically ill coronavirus patient in Sindh City, Hyderabad, was injected with convalescent plasma from a recovered person to treat the disease as experimental therapy.

The development was confirmed by the focal person in the isolation room of the Liaquat University Hospital (LUH), Aftab Hussain Phull.

The plasma was donated by a patient with a recovered coronavirus to the Diagnostic and Research Laboratory of the Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences.

He was given the plasma after managing his condition to the best of his ability under the given circumstances, Phull said.

On April 30, the Sindh government allowed three hospitals in the province to conduct clinical trials for the experimental use of convalescent plasma COVID-19 for passive immunization.

Hospitals include Dr. Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital in Karachi, the National Institute of Blood Diseases (NIBD) in Karachi and LUH, a government facility in Hyderabad.

Prior to this, the government had approved clinical trials for plasma therapy in addition to approving locally manufactured ventilators for the treatment of critically ill patients and granting permission to manufacture disinfectants and chloroquine, according to the report.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan said the nation was emerging from fear of the pandemic due to a well-designed strategy adopted by the government to deal with the health crisis.

The prime minister made the comments during a meeting with his adviser on parliamentary affairs, Babar Awan, at his Banigala residence on Sunday to discuss the COVID-19 crisis, the aid package for the poor and the parliament sessions required by the opposition for May 6.