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Pakistan reports highest single-day jump in coronavirus cases as tally rises to 47

Pakistan reports highest single-day jump in coronavirus cases as tally rises to 47
March 16, 2020 11:57 am

ISLAMABAD/KARACHI (92 News) – At least 13 pilgrims who arrived in Sukkur from Iran have tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Sunday, pushing the total number in Sindh to 34 and in Pakistan to 47. This is the highest number of cases reported in Pakistan in one day. Total tally in country has now gone up to 47, out of which 34 are from Sindh. Three patients returned from Saudi Arabia a few days ago and tested positive for the virus in Karachi on Sunday. The fourth patient has no recent travel history. Of the 21 cases in Sindh, two have recovered and been discharged and 19 are under treatment. A case was also reported in Islamabad. PIMS spokesperson Dr Waseem Khawaja confirmed the case and said the man was “So far 13 people have tested positive of #COVIDー19 from amongst the people who arrived in Sukkur from Taaftaan. These people were purportedly kept in quarantine at the border,” Sindh government spokesperson Mutaza Wahab confirmed in a tweet from his official handle. Five new cases of the novel coronavirus were also confirmed earlier in the day. The Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) confirmed one case in Islamabad while the Sindh Health Department reported four new patients in Karachi on Sunday. The latest patient in Islamabad is the husband of the woman who recently travelled to Pakistan from the United States and tested positive on Saturday. The lady is currently in critical condition, receiving treatment at the isolation ward in the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS). There are now four COVID-19 patients at the isolation ward in PIMS. The first coronavirus patient surfaced in Punjab as Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid on Sunday confirmed the first positive case of coronavirus in Lahore. According to Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid, a 54-year-old man, who arrived in Lahore from UK on March 10, has contracted the viral disease. She also mentioned that relatives of the patient have tested negative. She urged people to take precautionary measures and said only way to fight coronavirus is to take precautions. An extraordinary situation developed as the coronavirus prevention measures has been accelerated across the country. The first meeting of the National Coordination Committee chaired by Special Assistant on Health Dr Zafar Mirza reviewed the measurements to prevent spread of coronavirus Same like the world, Pakistan is also dealing with the deadly virus; three new cases of croronvirus have surfaced. Two more cases of the novel coronavirus were reported in Sindh night taking the provincial total to 17. Following these two cases, the national tally of the global pandemic has increased to 29. First case of human-to-human transmission of coronavirus was reported in Pakistan; a new case of corona patient in Sindh did not travel abroad. The father of the victim came from Europe a few days ago. Four patients of coronavirus also have been recovered in Pakistan. The Pak-Afghan border is closed on the 13th day, while the Pakistan’s Taftan border with Iran is closed for 22 days and five airports are closed for foreign flights. Meanwhile, all educational institutions, hostels, madrassas, wedding halls and cinema houses are also closed; all kinds of examinations have been postponed. Sindh government’s decision to implement measures to prevent coronavirus has also surfaced. Anyone who violates the order of closing the wedding halls, cinema halls and public gatherings will be detained for 30 days. On the other hand, the OPD of Lady Reading Hospital (LHR) Peshawar was also closed due to the coronavirus. The LRH spokesman said that the decision was made to prevent the coronavirus. The emergency of hospital will be opened for day and night.  

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