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The death toll in Pakistan’s Covid epidemic has reached the 25,000 mark.

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ISLAMABAD: 3,772 new Covid-19 positive cases and 80 fatalities were recorded on Monday. The virus has already killed over 25,000 people in the nation.

Over 46 million doses of Covid-19 vaccination have been given nationwide.

The NCOC reported 25,003 fatalities, including 11,557 in Punjab, 6,612 in Sindh, 4,797 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 852 in Islamabad, 680 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, 335 in Balochistan, and 170 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Dr Qaiser Sajjad, secretary general of the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA), told Dawn that Covid-19 had killed 220 physicians nationwide, including 77 fatalities in Sindh.

500 deaths in one week

Dr Mahnoor Farzand, an eight-month pregnant non-vaccinated woman, was the latest health professional to succumb to the epidemic. Sadly, he added, many physicians have perished since the Delta version appeared.

The NCOC statistics revealed 25,505 infections and 525 deaths in the previous week.

In Multan, 69pc of the 486 ventilators were used, 66pc in Bahawalpur, 41pc in Peshawar, and 40pc in Islamabad.

In Abbottabad, 72pc of beds with oxygen were used, in Swabi 65pc, and in Gujranwala and Peshawar above 50pc.

On August 23, there were 89,919 active cases, with a 7pc nationwide positive. Since the epidemic began, 1,127,584 cases have been recorded, with 1,012,662 survivors.

On Monday, 5,899 people were hospitalised.

An unnamed Ministry of National Health Services employee stated the number of patients fell from 5,000 on August 11 to 4,000.

I am concerned that the number of instances may increase again. We applaud the Sindh government’s move to let only vaccinated youngsters into schools. “Opening schools in this way may raise instances, but it would definitely decrease hospitalizations since vaccines have mild symptoms,” the official added.

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