According to a situation report published by the World Health Organization (WHO) on May 4, the Pakistani doctors have emerged as the most-affected once by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) among their health peers, including paramedics and nurses.
According to the details, a total of 509 health workers have been affected with the deadly virus, there were 263 doctors—which is the 52% of the total—171 paramedics (33%), and 75 nurses (15%). In total, they form almost 2.5% of Pakistan’s almost 21,000 cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), as many as 2,663 contacts of the healthcare workers were identified and 2,499 out of the total were tested for the coronavirus. Of those who were tested for the coronavirus, 194 have been diagnosed as positive for the disease and the results of as many as 234 tests were awaited.
At least 1,607 of the contacts were in quarantines; it was not clear if they were in the isolation facilities or quarantined at their respective homes.
It is pertinent to mention here that the report published on May 4 also identified other important points of the coronavirus crisis in the country, where almost 5,600 patients of the deadly virus have been recovered cumulatively so far.