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Web Desk
April 1, 2020

Pakistan's coronavirus infection tally crosses 2,000 mark


Web Desk
Wed, Apr 01, 2020

Pakistan has recorded more than 2,000 confirmed coronavirus cases as of Wednesday morning.

With 2,040 cases, the death toll across the country stands at 26.

As per the area-wise breakdown, Sindh has 679 cases, Punjab 708, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 253, Balochistan 158, Islamabad 58, Gilgit-Baltistan 178 and Azad Jammu and Kashmir six.

The recent spike is cases came due to confirmation of COVID-19 in those who attended religious congregations. 

Hyderabad has a total of 128 cases of which 94 are from the Tableeghi Jamaat, said a health department spokesperson early Wednesday.

Two new cases in DI Khan

The district administration of Dera Ismail (DI) Khan on Wednesday confirmed the first coronavirus cases in the area. DI Khan Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Umair confirmed the development.

"The confirmed cases are of a brother and sister in DI Khan who do not have foreign travel history. 12 people who came into contact with the patients have been quarantined," he said.

Punjab's tally

Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar confirmed late Tuesday that the province had reported 50 new cases, taking the infection  tally to 708.

In a tweet, Buzdar said: "Confirmed #COVID19 patients in Punjab are 708, out of which 337 are in DGK, Multan, Raiwind & FSD quarantines."

"9 precious lives have been lost and one critical patient is being treated to the best!," he said, appealing to the people to maintain social distancing.

 Breaking down the provincial tally Buzdar said that Lahore was housing most of the patients in Punjab's districts.

"Districts: Lahore 154, Kasur 1, Nankana 13, Rawalpindi 45, Jhelum 28, Attock 1, Gujranwala 12, Gujrat 72, MBD 4, Hafizabad 5, Narowal 2, Sargodha 2, Mianwali 3, Khushab 1, Multan 2, Vehari 2, FSD 9, RYK 3, Bahawalnagar 3, Bahawalpur 1, Lodhran 2, DGK 5 and Layyah has 1 patient," he added.

So far, Pakistan has reported 26 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic, with most of them — nine — in Punjab.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has reported  six deaths,  Sindh eight, Balochistan one, and  two in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Sindh lockdown

Sindh Minister for Education and Labour Saeed Ghani on Wednesday said that the provincial government was taking measures to tackle the spread of the coronavirus in Sindh.

Commenting on the recent spike in confirmed virus cases, largely as a result of the positive virus tests of several members of a religious gathering, Ghani said that there was a danger of the virus spreading wherever people gathered in large numbers.

Markets across Karachi remained shut on Wednesday morning as the city entered a tenth straight day under lockdown to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Public transport in the city was restricted, and pillion riding banned. However, general stores, petrol stations, and pharmacies remained open to cater to essential needs of citizens.