13,053 healthcare workers infected with Covid-19 in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The latest data issued by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), Pakistan’s key organisation leading the fight against the pandemic, revealed that up until January 11, 2021, at least 13,053 health care workers contracted the deadly virus.

Majority of which, at 60 per cent, are doctors while paramedics and other staff makes up for 26 per cent and nurses per cent. Even as infections continue to rise amongst healthcare workers, the numbers only account for 3% of the total caseload of cases in Pakistan, which on Saturday crossed half a million.

Pakistan is currently witnessing a second wave of the coronavirus, and has reported over 500,000 infections and 10,772 deaths since February. At least 3,097 cases were reported on January 14 and 46 people lost their lives during the last 24 hours.

Sindh has the highest number of frontline medics testing positive for COVID-19 with 4,631 infections, followed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with 3,101 and Punjab at 2,896. A total of 113 healthcare professionals have lost their live till now – the most number (35) in Sindh, closely behind is KP with 31 fatalities.

Abdullah Zahid

Abdullah Zahid is TPD's correspondent in Karachi. He reports on Pakistani political affairs.

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