Two Punjab ministers catch coronavirus
Two ministers of Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar’s cabinet have been tested positive for coronavirus, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Thursday.
Punjab Industries Minister Mian Muhammad Aslam Iqbal and Agriculture Minister Syed Hussain Jahania Gardezi have contracted the virus.
Both the ministers felt unwell and fever on Wednesday night and they underwent the tests which came back positive.
According to National Command and Operation Centre, the coronavirus death toll in Pakistan increased to 6,614 on Thursday. Seven of these coronavirus patients died in Punjab with another four deaths reported in Sindh and two in Islamabad. The latest human losses came after the death of 14 people on the previous day, six of them in Punjab.
On the other hand, the number of active cases has again crossed the 9,000 mark amid the recent increase in infection rate. Currently, there are 9,209 active cases in the country out of which 796 people have been hospitalised. As far the critically ill patients are concerned, 533 are being treated in intensive care units with 77 of them placed on ventilators.
Meanwhile, 756 people tested positive for the virus on Wednesday which means the overall number of coronavirus cases in the country has now reached 321,218 with most of these new infections recorded in Sindh, Punjab and Islamabad.
Sindh has been infected worst by the pandemic with 140,997 cases. The region-wise distribution of the coronavirus cases for other provinces and regions is: Punjab 101,237, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 38,464, Islamabad 17,681, Balochistan 15,599, Gilgit-Baltistan 3,982 and Azad Kashmir 3,258.