COVID-19: Pakistan confirms 249 cases

Most of the cases confirmed in Sindh province


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Monitoring  Desk:

Cases of novel corona virus have risen to 249 across the country on Tuesday as Balochistan government 16 cases. The number of novel corona virus cases in Balochistan has risen to 16. Spokesman government of Balochistan, Liaquat Shahwani confirmed that 16 people were tested positive for the corona virus in the province. The patients are being treated in various hospitals of Quetta city, he said, giving no other details.

Mr. Shahwani said that currently 2100 Zaireen were at Pak-Iran border Taftan in quarantine center. He said 700 Zaireen have been dispatched to their home provinces. Balochistan had earlier confirmed 10 corona virus cases.

Earlier, Pakistan has confirmed first death caused by COVID-19 on Tuesday. Sources in National COVID-19 Command and Control Center said the deceased belongs to Punjab province. This is the first death confirmed by Pakistan since the global outbreak of deadly corona virus.

Health officials in the country have confirmed 249 cases of novel corona virus on  Tuesday evening. Most of the cases have been confirmed in Sindh province. Barrister Murtaza Wahab, the Sindh government’s spokesman confirmed 182 cases of COVID-19. He said out of these cases, 119 were Zaireen who had recently returned from Pak-Iran border Taftan. The Balochistan government had quarantined over 5000 Zaireen in the aftermath of outbreak of novel corona virus in Iran.

The patients have been kept in Sukkur and Karachi, Mr. Wahab mentioned.

According to health officials so far 2 cases have been confirmed in Islamabad, 10 in Balochistan, 15 in KPK, 5 Gilgit Baltistan and 2 in Punjab.

In Balochistan, the authorities have sent 110 samples of suspected corona patients for diagnosis. So far the 16 cases have been proved positive in the province. The Balochistan government has declared emergency to cope with growing threat of novel corona virus in the province. Government offices have been closed, all educational institutions and other departments have scaled  down their activities to halt the spread  of deadly virus, which has sent alarm  bells across the globe.

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