LAHORE: Punjab Health Minister Yasmin Rashid on Tuesday said that more than 140 areas across Punjab were placed under complete lockdown as coronavirus cases rose exponentially there.
“12,000 tests conducted in total across the province so far. Tests are being conducted of patients who show symptoms or have a travel history. 19 patients are critical in Punjab and seven of them are on ventilators,” the health minister said while addressing a press conference in Lahore.
She said an isolation ward was established at Nishter hospital viewing big numbers of affectees. Affectees include doctors and paramedics too, she said adding that 3,800 tests were conducted of medical professionals. Reports of nurses and paramedics was awaited, she maintained.
“183 people have recovered in south Punjab. 98 infection cases reported at Tayyip Erdogan Hospital, which has its own 35 ventilators. 2,082 testing kits are available in Multan,” the doctor said addressing different questions during the press conference.
Yasmin Rashid apprised the media that the Punjab government would do random testing at prison cells as well under the supervision of epidemiologists.
To a query, she said no ventilator was sent from Multan to anywhere else. She relayed that some citizens had local transmission. She said by the end of the following week, Punjab would be able to conduct 5,000 tests a day.
Last week, staff at the Punjab Cardiology Institute in Lahore was found positive for the coronavirus. Another 10 staff members tested positive for the virus, bringing the tally to 11.
A patient had contracted the virus because they had come into contact with an infected member of staff.
Three doctors and seven staff nurses were tested positive for the virus.