PESHAWAR: Another doctor succumbed to coronavirus in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Saturday, after which the death toll of doctors dying of coronavirus in the province has reached 26.

According to Provincial Doctors Association, Professor Dr Anwar Ali Shah Banori died of coronavirus on Saturday. He was under treatment at a private hospital in Peshawar for the last 12 days. The death toll of doctors from coronavirus in KP has reached 26, while many others are infected.

Doctors are at increased risk of contracting coronavirus as they come in contact with various infected persons in hospitals. Shortage of protective equipment at government hospitals make them even more vulnerable.

Professor Dr Anwar Ali Shah was a professor of Bio-Chemistry at Khyber Medical College Peshawar.

The death of Dr Anwar Ali Shah happened three days after the death of Additional Director of Khalifa Gul Nawaz Hospital Bannu Dr Muhammad Farooq from coronavirus, who was under treatment at Peshawar’s North West Hospital. Provincial Doctors Association said Dr Farooq was shifted on ventilator after his condition deteriorated.

The doctors association said that 40 health workers have succumbed to coronavirus, but the government has not given any martyrs package to their families so far.

Latest corona situation

Forty-four more people died of COVID-19 in Pakistan over the last 24 hours.

According to official data, over 3,000 infections were reported on Saturday for third consecutive day. On Saturday,3,119 people tested positive for the virus from amongst 41,115 people who were tested. As many as 352,529 people have so far recovered from the disease. Currently, there are 52,359 active corona cases in the country.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa reported 419 new corona cases during the last 24 hours. The total toll of infections in KP stands at 48,683. KP has also reported 10 more deaths from corona, taking its total number of fatalities to 1,399.

With rapid increase in corona cases, the government has enhanced restrictions and banned public gatherings, announced vacations in schools and wedding halls are also functioning under a restricted set up. However, the prime minister has ruled out closure of mosques and urged the Ulema to continue playing their role for creating awareness among the people about the disease.