Coronavirus In Pakistan: Dr. Zafar Mirza has revealed that young people form majority of the COVID-19 cases in the country.
Dr. Zafar’s Media Briefing
Dr. Zafar Mirza – PM’s Special Assistant on Health – informed the people about the coronavirus cases during his televised media briefing on Wednesday. He said;
“Twenty-four percent of the confirmed cases in Pakistan so far are between 21 to 30 years of age. This constitutes a majority of the cases. The pattern is unlike other countries where cases mostly comprise older people.”
This is contrary to how the disease trend was in its country of origination i.e. China. In China, elderly people aged 65 years and above were the highest among coronavirus cases. Whereas in Pakistan, a large number of confirmed cases of coronavirus constitute young people falling in the age bracket of 21-30 years.
Thus, we can conclude that no age group is immune to the virus. Meaning that he young and the old are equally susceptible to contracting the disease.
Number of Quarantined people
Dr. Zafar Mirza also said in the media briefing that around 5,225 people are currently isolated in quarantine facilities across Pakistan. Of these, 23% had tested positive, while all others were being sent back home with explicit instructions for protection.
Non-compliance of government’s instructions
Dr Zafar expressed deep concern over non-compliance of social distancing instructions in some parts of Pakistan. He remarked;
“Sindh, Punjab, KP and Balochistan have instituted stricter measures because of poor compliance. People were moving about in their respective cities despite appeals to the contrary. This is extremely concerning. No matter how hard the government tries, we cannot win this war until people act responsibly. Please follow our instructions to contain the spread of coronavirus” .
Current tally of Coronavirus cases in Pakistan
As per the government’s official website, as of Thursday, the total number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan has spiked up to 1179. With overall 9 deaths in the country, Islamabad has had 25 confirmed cases thus far. Punjab stands at 394 and has the second most number of cases. Sindh remains the worst with 421 cases. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Gilgit Baltistan stand at 123, 131 and 84 cases respectively. While 1 case has been confirmed in AJK.