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7 Covid-19 patients die in Pakistan due to lack of oxygen in hospital

Children with face masks ride a motorized tricycle to school in Lahore, Pakistan, on Nov. 25, 2020. (AP Photo / K.M. Chaudary)

Patients died because the provider who supplies the hospital with medical oxygen to refill the tanks did not arrive on time

| 06/12/2020 | ionicons-v5-c10: 28 | AP |

Peshawar, Pakistan.- Seven coronavirus patients died after one of the hospitals largest in the city of Peshawar, in northwestern Pakistan, ran out of oxygen supplyauthorities said Sunday.

Farhad Khan, a spokesman for the Khyber Teaching Hospital, said the patients died Saturday night because the provider that supplies the hospital with medical oxygen to refill the tanks did not arrive on time. The health center, the second largest in Peshawar, receives its oxygen cylinders from a vendor in Rawalpindi, a city about 190 kilometers (118 miles) away, Khan said.

Provincial Health Minister Taimur Saim Jhagra tweeted about the incident, saying that the hospital’s board of governors was ordered to investigate the deaths and take action within 48 hours against those responsible. He promised that « all the facts of the case will be made public. »

Pakistan, with 220 million inhabitants, has registered 58 deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 8,361 from this cause. The total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus it amounts to almost 416,500.

That number, as in other countries, is likely higher due to limited testing. Pakistan has tested around 5.8 million people, 2.6% of its population.

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