The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases has surged to 990 across Pakistan after new cases were reported from Punjab.
Late Tuesday night, at least 30 new coronavirus cases are being reported from Punjab as informed by the heath authorities.
Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar took to his twitter handle and said: “I can confirm that currently there are 296 positive cases of #COVID19 in Punjab.”
I can confirm that currently there are 296 positive cases of #COVID19 in Punjab.
65 are in Lahore, 20 in Gujrat, Gujranwala 8, Jhelum 16, Rawalpindi 2, Multan 3, Faisalabad 2, Mandibahuddin 1, Narowal 1, RYK 1, Sargodha 1 and DGK quarantine have 176 cases. #StayAtHomeSaveLives
— Usman Buzdar (@UsmanAKBuzdar) March 24, 2020
“65 are in Lahore, 20 in Gujrat, Gujranwala 8, Jhelum 16, Rawalpindi 2, Multan 3, Faisalabad 2, Mandibahuddin 1, Narowal 1, RYK 1, Sargodha 1 and DGK quarantine have 176 cases,” he added.
Moreover, earlier in the day, Punjab has registered its first death from the coronavirus. The deceased was admitted in the Mayo Hospital Lahore where he lost his battle against coronavirus.
The provincial Health Minister Yasmin Rashid has informed that the patient was a 57-year-old admitted to Mayo Hospital. She said,
“Unfortunately, a COVID-19 patient Afrasiyab (57), who was admitted to Mayo Hospital here, lost his life today.”
She requested and urged the nation to cooperate with government and to stay indoors in order to avoid the spreading the virus and to make sure the safety of their loved ones.
Unfortunately, a #COVID19 Patient Afrasiyab, aged 57, who was admitted in Mayo Hospital, lost his life today. These are indeed difficult times for the whole country. Only way we can fight this pandemic is by staying indoors and following the precautionary measures.
— Dr. Yasmin Rashid (@Dr_YasminRashid) March 24, 2020
Sindh has been the most affected and an easy target of the novel coronavirus. The total number of confirmed cases rises to 410. In Karachi, the most common cause of the spread of the virus is through “local transmission”.
Karachi has experienced 144 positive cases of coronavirus so far. In Gilgit Baltistan, total 80 cases are reported whereas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the health department has announced 78 cases.
Meanwhile in Islamabad, total 15 patients have been tested positive for coronavirus.
According to the recent reports from the sources, Pakistan has reported seven deaths from the virus. The first patient who has died of coronavirus belonged to Balochistan.
The Balochistan government’s spokesperson, Liaquat Shahwani has confirmed the first death of the patient suffering from the virus in a tweet.