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Coronavirus cases jump in Pakistan, total number of patients rise to 461

Coronavirus cases jump in Pakistan, total number of patients rise to 461
March 20, 2020
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Pakistan have jumped to 461 after Balochistan, Punjab, Sindh, Gilgit-Baltistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa announced an increase in their provincial tallies. According to the details garnered, seven cases have been reported from the federal capital while one case in Azad Jammu Kahsmir. However, four patients of coronavirus also have been recovered. Meanwhile, 23 patients of coronavirus in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) have surfaced and two deaths reported.
28 new cases emerge in Karachi, taking Sindh's total to 245
Another 28 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Karachi, taking the tally of Sindh's cases to 245. According to Sindh health department spokesperson Meeran Yousuf, the total number of cases in Karachi now stands at 93.
Number of coronavirus cases in Punjab rises to 80
According to the Coronavirus Command & Control Center, more cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in DG Khan, taking Punjab’s tally to 80.
Balochistan reports 31 new COVID-19 cases; total at 81
At least 31 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Balochistan, taking the provincial total to 81. The samples of 353 patients were sent for lab tests and 76 of them came out positive.
With 8 new cases, GB's COVID-19 tally rises to 23
Eight new coronavirus cases have been detected in Gilgit-Baltistan, according to GB health department focal person Dr Shah Zaman.
Sindh govt confirms first death of coronavirus
The Sindh Health Ministry on Friday has confirmed first death of coronavirus patient in Karachi. This was announced by Sindh Health Minister Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho. She confirmed third coronavirus death in Pakistan and first in Sindh as 77-year-old patient passed away in Karachi, In a video statement, Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho stated that the patient was a cancer survivor and had diabetes and hypertension but did not have any travel or contact history.
Lockdown
Much of the country is under a lock-down as part of sweeping measures to prevent the spread of the virus. Sindh government began with revising the academic year by preponing summer vacations, then banned public gathering and set out to close down restaurants, gyms, social clubs, wedding lawns and halls across the province. It also shut down government offices for two weeks. On the other hand, Punjab government chose to go digital adopting a work-from-home policy through Skype. It has also banned public gatherings, suspended entry to tourist points including Murree and restricted shopping malls to a 10:00pm deadline. In Balochistan, Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan appealed to the citizens to help government implement preventive measures by avoiding crowds in markets, public spots and transportations.
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