Dr Abbas Tariq. - A file photo

PESHAWAR: Another doctor has died of coronavirus in Peshawar after which the number of doctors dying from the pandemic in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has reached seven.

Provincial Doctors Association president Dr Fazle Manan said Dr Abbas Tariq, Head of Anaesthesia Department in Institute of Kidney Diseases at Hayatabad Medical Complex (HMC) Peshawar, died of coronavirus.

Dr Abbas Tariq was diagnosed with coronavirus few days ago and he was under treatment at HMC. Dr Abbas also had blood pressure problem.

According to Provincial Doctors Association, seven doctors have died of coronavirus in Peshawar so far.

Doctors and paramedical staff, who are frontline workers in fight against coronavirus, are at greater risk of contracting coronavirus. Besides doctors, the virus has also infected a large number of nurses and paramedical staff members.

Doctors in Pakistan have repeatedly urged the government to impose a complete lockdown to control the spread of coronavirus. However, the government is persisting with the option of smart lockdown keeping in view the weak financial position and interest of the workers.

The number of coronavirus patients in hospitals is increasing rapidly and it is feared that the existing hospitals will soon run out of capacity to accommodate the patients.

Smart lockdown in Mardan

The district administration of Mardan has imposed smart lockdown in five areas for 14 days under the directions of the provincial government.

A spokesman for the deputy commissioner said the lockdown has been imposed in Grid Station area near Dosehra Chowk, Janabad, Sheikh Maltoon Sector A, Daman-e-Koh near Mazdoorabad Road and Tehsil Road Katlang Bazaar.

During the smart-lockdown, the entry and exit to these areas will remain banned except for emergency purposes. The shops of essential commodities will remain open, while rest of the shops will remain shut. The spokesman said the violators of the lockdown will face legal action.

The provincial government has already imposed lockdown in some areas of Peshawar, Abbottabad and Swat after identifying these areas as hotspots for the spread of coronavirus.

Mardan is the third most affected district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from coronavirus after Peshawar and Swat. Mardan is affected more than other districts mostly due to its proximity with Peshawar. The first coronavirus death in Pakistan was also reported from Mardan.