Coronavirus: Philippines, Pakistan Hail Doctors Who Gave Their Lives

  • "Three of our doctors have died and a number of them are in critical condition due to the coronavirus," said presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo.
  • Osama Riaz, 26, had been treating returning pilgrims from Iran, and died Sunday evening in the region of Gilgit-Baltistan.
  • The Philippines has recorded 462 cases and 33 deaths, while 875 cases and 6 deaths were reported in Pakistan.

At least three doctors in the Philippines have lost their lives in the line of duty, fighting against the coronavirus pandemic, officials in Manilla said on Monday. Thousands of health care workers have bravely confronted the disease in the Philippines, treating COVID-19 patients despite a lack of protective equipment.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), also known as 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD), and novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP) is a viral respiratory disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). It was first detected during the 2019–20 Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.

Several other doctors are in critical condition, while hundreds of health workers are quarantined after being exposed to the virus in various hospitals in Manila. “Three of our doctors have died and a number of them are in critical condition due to the coronavirus,” said presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo. “We must all take care of ourselves because in doing so we take care of others,” he added. “An increasing number of Filipinos die from this disease.”

The three doctors— a cardiologist, an anesthesiologist, and an oncologist— became infected with coronavirus while treating patients in three different hospitals in Manila, according to the Philippine Medical Association and hospitals. The Ministry of Health confirmed three new deaths and 16 new coronavirus infections on Monday, as reported by the Reuters news agency.

So far, the total number of coronavirus deaths in the Philippines reached 33, with 462 cases, according to Worldometers.

Pakistan Hails Young Doctor, 26, Who Died of Covid-19

A Pakistani regional government has announced that the title of “national hero” will be conferred on a young doctor who died after contracting COVID-19. Osama Riaz, 26, had been treating returning pilgrims from Iran, and died Sunday evening in the region of Gilgit-Baltistan, after testing positive for the coronavirus.

“It is with extreme sadness that the Gilgit-Baltistan health department confirms that Osama Riaz, who played a key role in the war against coronavirus, has passed away,” the GB government tweeted on Monday. “Osama proved himself the real hero by sacrificing his life to save others,” GB Information Minister Shams Mir said.

Coronaviruses are species of virus belonging to the subfamily Coronavirinae in the family Coronaviridae, in the order Nidovirales. There are seven known strains of human coronaviruses, including COVID-19.

Raiz’s death was the fifth from coronavirus in Pakistan. A sixth patient died on Monday. Pakistan’s Ministry of Health has registered 875 confirmed cases in total, according to Worldometers. Over 150 cases were registered in the last 12 hours, with an additional 99 on Monday.

In the area of the country most affected by the coronavirus, the government of Sindh Province imposed 15-day traffic restrictions in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus. However, the federal government opposes the application of these restrictions to national level. Located in the south of the country, Sindh has a population of 47 million inhabitants.

Pakistani officials have warned that the number of infected people could increase sharply in the coming days due to poor conditions in government-run quarantine camps. More patients are staying in rooms without keeping the required distance between themselves.

Pakistan, with a population of 220 million inhabitants, is the sixth-most populous country in the world. It has a poor health system, and is urrently facing a shortage of protective equipment for medical personnel as they battle the deadly coronavirus.

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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