75.9 per cent of COVID-19 patients in Pakistan under 50 years of age, says official statistics

Around 75.9 per cent of COVID-19 patients in Pakistan are reported to be under 50 years of age according to official government statistics.

As per the data compiled by government from February till August, around 75.9 per cent of the total COVID-19 patients in Pakistan were under 50 years of age, with the 21-30 years age group being the most affected.

The 21-30 years of age group included 20,449 female COVID-19 patients.

Meanwhile, 77 healthcare workers, 53 doctors, one medical student,  two nurses and 20 paramedics succumbed to the novel virus during this time period. The government also approved an Rs 1 million package for healthcare workers and security personnel who died on the frontlines due to COVID-19

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The federal government provided Rs 25 billion to both federal and provincial health departments, whereas private hospitals were given loans on a low markup rate of 3 per cent.

Furthermore, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) was also given Rs 25.3 billion to address the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

In addition to it, the public awareness campaign launched by the government reported a reach of around 80.5 million people along with another 40 million via social media.

According to government data, its ‘116 helpline’ received around 30,000 calls per day amounting to five million calls in total.