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Coronavirus positive prisoner escapes from Hyderabad hospital

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HYDERABAD: A COVID-19 positive under-trial prisoner, who was admitted at Hyderabad hospital run away on Wednesday.

The hospital management in a letter to the Medical Superintendent disclosed about the escape of the Covid positive prisoner from the hospital. Ghulam Rabbani, a jail inmate who tested positive for COVID-19, was shifted to Kohsar hospital two days ago.

The prisoner made his escape from the window of the hospital ward, hospital management said in the letter. The prisoner was brought to the hospital on the recommendation of the Civil Hospital’s focal person Dr Aftab Phul.

Covid positive inmate’s escape has caused a commotion in the police as well as in the health department, sources said. The police failed to trace the fleeing under-trial prisoner after over 24 hours passed to the incident.

Pakistan has witnessed record deaths in recent days from the novel coronavirus, and stricter restrictions on movement and gathering in public are planned for the upcoming Eid holiday.

The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed 119 more lives across Pakistan during the previous 24 hours, taking the death toll from the disease to 18,429.

According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) data, 4,113 new infections emerged when 44,838 samples were tested during the same period. The positivity rate of new cases was recorded at 9.17%, the NCOC said.

The countrywide tally of confirmed cases currently stands at 841,636 with the addition of 4,113 new cases. Thus far, 733,062 patients have recuperated from the disease.