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Coronavirus updates: Essential information for Pakistan

Positivity rate is over 5%

SAMAA | and - Posted: Jul 23, 2021 | Last Updated: 3 months ago
Posted: Jul 23, 2021 | Last Updated: 3 months ago

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We will keep updating this story. Last update: 12:00pm, Friday, July 23, 2021

Number of confirmed cases as of 12:00pm, Friday, July 23, 2021
Pakistan: 1,000,034( 1,425 new)

Islamabad: 85,230
Punjab: 351707
Sindh: 362,182
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 141,359
Balochistan: 22,357
Azad Jammu and Kashmir: 29,592
Gilgit-Baltistan: 7,607

Tests done as of 12:00pm, Friday, July 23  2021
Total: 15,584,899
Over 24 hours:: 40,805
Positivity rate: 5.7%
Active cases:53,623

Critical cases:2,525(0new)

Deaths from the virus as of 12:00pm, Friday, July 23,   2021
A total of 22,939 people have died of the virus in Pakistan. (11new)
Islamabad: 789
Punjab: 10,909
Sindh: 5,785
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 4,405
Azad Jammu and Kashmir: 608
Balochistan: 321
Gilgit-Baltistan: 122

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Recoveries as of 12:00pm, Friday, July 23, 2021
So far  923,472 (543 new) people have recovered from the virus in Pakistan.
Islamabad: 82,176
Punjab: 330,301
Sindh: 321,929
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 134,549
Balochistan: 27,631
Azad Jammu and Kashmir: 20,249
Gilgit-Baltistan: 6,640

Total vaccine doses given as of  Friday, July 232021: 24,096,587
Last 24 hours: 607,056

Important SOPs

Vaccine news

All vaccine updates can be found here.


What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Cough (usually dry), fever, difficulty breathing, muscle aches and pains, tiredness, loss of taste and smell, chest pain

Which authorities should I contact?
Your government helplines

What will they do?
They will guide you about the next steps. You will be connected to a doctor who will take your medical and travel history. You will be told whether you need to be tested or not.
If you need to be tested health authorities will send an ambulance your way to take you to a hospital isolation ward. Your contacts will be traced and also tested.

What precautions should I take to protect myself from COVID-19?

  • Wear a face mask anywhere outside your house. This includes crowded indoor places as well.
  • Follow social distancing, keep a distance of at least one metre from other people
  • Avoid large public gatherings
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Carry an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with you. The alcohol content should be 60% or higher.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes
  • Stay at home if you feel sick
  • Disinfect workplace and home surfaces, door knobs, counters
  • Cook food thoroughly

Advisory in Punjabi

Advisory in Balochi

Advisory in Pashto


Where can I go to get tested?

Contact list to get tested for coronavirus in Pakistan


All Divisional Headquarters hospitals
Lahore: Mayo Hospital, Expo Centre, Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute, Shaukat Khanum and Chughtai Lab
Karachi: AKUH Karachi, Dow OJHA, Indus Hospital, SIUT, Chughtai Lab, PNS Shifa, Essa Lab, Civil Hospital, Liaquat National, Ziauddin Hospital
Hyderabad: LUMHS Hospital
Khairpur: GIMS
Larkana: CMCH
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa:
Peshawar: Khyber Medical University, Hayatabad Medical Complex, RMI, NWGH, Anwar Lab
Swat: Saidu Group of Teaching Hospitals
Abbottabad: ATH
Quetta: Fatima Jinnah Hospital
Taftan: Mobile testing unit
Skardu: CMCH
Gilgit: DHQ
Islamabad: PIMS, NIH
Azad Jammu and Kashmir:
Muzaffarabad: Abbas Institute of Medical Sciences

Isolation wards and centres in Pakistan

1. AKUH Karachi
2.JPMC, Karachi
3.Dow OJHA, Karachi
4.Civil Hospital, Karachi
5. Liaquat Uni Hospital, Hyderabad
6. PMCH Nawabshah
7. Civil Hospital Mirpurkhas
8. GMMMC Sukkur
9. CMCH Larkana
10. Expo Centre Karachi

1.Mayo Hospital Lahore
2. PKLI Centre Lahore
3. Expo Centre Field Hospital Lahore
4. Nishtar Hospital Multan
5. Allama Iqbal Memorial Hospital Sialkot
6. Allied Teaching Hospital, Faisalabad
7. Sheikh Zayed Hospital, Rahim Yar Khan

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa:
1. Khyber Medical University, Peshawar
2. Hayatabad Medical Complex, Peshawar
3. RMI, Peshawar
4. NWGH, Peshawar
5. Swat: Saidu Group of Teaching Hospitals
6. Abbottabad: ATH
7. DI Khan: MMTH

1. Sheikh Zayed Hospital, Quetta
2. Prince Fahad/ DHQ Hospital, Dalbandin, Chaghi
3. Jam Mir Ghulam Qadir Hospital Hub Lasbela
4. DHQ Hospital, Uthal, Lasbela
5. DHQ Hospital Gwadar
6. Red Crecent Hospital, Gwadar
7. GDA Hospital, Gwadar
8. GDA Hospital, Gwadar
9. DHQ Teaching Hospital, Turbat


If you’re looking for places that can provide oxygen cylinders, oximeters and plasma, we’ve compiled a list of contacts here.


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What treatment approaches has Pakistan used for COVID-19 so far?

  • Doctors in Pakistan are trying a number of different approaches including:
    1. Remdesivir
  • 2. Steroids
  • 3. PPIs(proton pump inhibitors)
  • 4.prophylactic iv antibiotics
  • 5.clexane(anticoagulants)
  • 6.actemra(toxilumab)
  • 7.supportive multivitamins
  • 8.pulse therapy (high dose iv steriods for 3 days)
    9.  immunoglobulins
    10. Proning
    11. Radiology for diagnosis

Read about them here.


Pakistan’s COVID-19 timeline: Major stories from across the country


Twitter handles to follow:

1.Faisal Sultan, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health: @fslsltn
2. National Institute of Health (NIH) Pakistan: @NIH_Pakistan
3. Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination: @nhsrcofficial
4.Health and Population Welfare Department, Sindh: @SindhHealthDpt
5. Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho, Minister of Health & Population Welfare Sindh: @AzraPechuho
6. Senator Murtaza Wahab, Sindh Government Spokesperson: @murtazawahab1
7. Taimur Khan Jhagra KP Finance and Health Minister: @Jhagra
8. Health Department KP: @HealthKPGovt
9. Usman Buzdar Punjab Chief Minister: @UsmanAKBuzdar
10. Dr Yasmin Rashid Punjab Minister For Primary & Secondary Healthcare: @Dr_YasminRashid
11. Health Department Punjab: @HealthPunjabGov
12. Jam Kamal Khan Balochistan Chief Minister: @jam_kamal
13. Liaquat Shahwani Balochistan Government Spokesperson: @LiaquatShahwani
14. Health Department Balochistan: @HealthDeptBlo
15. World Health Organisation Country Office in Pakistan: @WHOPakistan
16. Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Society of Pakistan MMIDSP: @mmidsp
17. Aga Khan University; @AKUGlobal
18. The Indus Hospital: @indus_hospital
19. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation: @DrTedros
20. UNICEF Pakistan: @UNICEF_Pakistan



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