-Death toll reaches 16 thousand
-5,364 fresh cases reported
-Positivity rate stands at 8.31%
-64,481 tests conducted
By Uzma Zafar
ISLAMABAD: The novel coronavirus on Friday has claimed 110 more lives in Pakistan during the past 24 hours, surging the overall death toll to 15,982. The latest statistics of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) showed the COVID-19 has claimed 110 more lives and 5,364 fresh infections were reported during the period.
During the period the positivity rate stood at 8.31 per cent. The health facilities across the country conducted 64,481 coronavirus detection tests, taking the total number of COVID-19 tests to 11,007,252 since the first case was reported. On Thursday, a 22-day-old baby boy tested positive for the coronavirus at a private hospital in Faisalabad. As per details, the infant was experiencing symptoms of fever for the past few days. Later, the parents, residents of Johar Town, took him to Allied Hospital Faisalabad where the infant was tested for the COVID-19 on April 13 and his results came out positive on the next day.
Meanwhile, in a dramatic situation, a COVID positive lawyer on Friday appeared before the bench of Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Gulzar Ahmed.
As per details, lawyer Khalid Mehmood who was diagnosed with the coronavirus a few days ago appeared before CJP Justice Gulzar’s court for the hearing of the case. Though I have been tested positive for coronavirus but appearing before the court, he was quoted as saying before the CJP.
The revelation from the lawyer created panic in the courtroom. CJP Gulzar Ahmed asked the lawyer why he has appeared before the court and risking other lives. “You should have not appeared before the court in this condition.”
The covid infected lawyer was asked to leave the courtroom immediately. Later, the courtroom, rostrum and files were disinfected with the anti-covid spray. Last year, panic prevailed in the Supreme Court as lawyers who tested positive for the coronavirus had appeared before the Supreme Court.