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Pakistan: 182 COVID-19 patients with mild or no symptoms in Sindh have died over past 3 months

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  • Pakistan: 182 COVID-19 patients with mild or no symptoms in Sindh have died over past 3 months

    June 22
    Asymptomatic coronavirus patients continue to die in their homes in Sindh, with 182 people having mild symptoms or none at all, who were advised to self-isolate at home, have passed away in the past three months before being able to reach a health facility, reported The News.

    “These patients had been asked to stay at home for at least two weeks so that they could not infect healthy people on the streets,” an official of the Sindh government, who requested anonymity, said on Sunday.

    He said Sindh had recorded its first death on March 19, and 1,013 people had died across the province by June 19. Around 18%, or 182, of them, died in their homes without being able to reach any health facility, he added.

    “Majority of these people — around 170 — lost their lives in Karachi alone. These people were staying at home because they had no or mild symptoms after testing positive, but most of them suddenly collapsed and died before reaching any health facility.”

    So far, 69,633 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Sindh, and 30,705 of them are observing self-isolation because the majority of them are either asymptomatic or showing mild symptoms and so do not require hospitalisation.

    The official said deaths of patients at home has become a serious cause for concern for the authorities because all the COVID-19 treatment facilities are packed to capacity, so now people have nowhere to go to seek medical assistance in case of an emergency.

    “Between 2,500 and 2,800 people are testing positive daily in Sindh. On the other hand, the number of people contracting the disease daily but unable to get tested is in the thousands. Around 31,000 people are in self-isolation, and their well-being has become a major cause for concern for us.”

    Deaths at hospitals

    The official said that following the 182 deaths of those in self-isolation, the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre has recorded the highest number of COVID-19 deaths at 124 since March 19, followed by 104 deaths at the Dr Ruth KM Pfau Civil Hospital Karachi.

    “Ninety-six patients have died at the Sindh Institute of Urology & Transplantation while 95 at the Ojha Campus of the Dow University of Health Sciences.”