Coronavirus cases jump to 106 in Pakistan

By: News Desk      Published: 11:03 AM, 16 Mar, 2020
Coronavirus cases jump to 106 in Pakistan

The Sindh government on Monday reported a total of 88 coronavirus cases in the province taking the national tally to 106.

The new cases from Sindh added to the tally from other regions of the country which are eight cases in Balochistan, six in Islamabad, three in Gilgit Baltistan and one is reported in Lahore.

According to 24NewsHD television channel, the condition of two coronavirus patients at Islamabad’s PIMS hospital is very serious.

Meanwhile, the Balochistan government said it was taking all possible measures to prevent the outbreak of novel coronavirus in the province.

According to a statement issued in Quetta, the administrative departments of Balochistan Civil Secretariat, all tehsil offices and revenue courts have been closed till March 22, with immediate effect.

The offices of Services and General Administration Department, Home and Tribal Affairs Ministry, Health, Finance, and Planning and Development Departments will remain open and keeping doing routine business as per routine. According to the statement, tests and interviews for various posts have also been postponed across the province.

The new measures came as thousands of pilgrims returned from Iran and are being screened at the Taftan border.

Lahore’s first case confirmed

Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid and Information Minister Fayyazul Hassan Chohan had confirmed the first coronavirus patient being treated at Lahore’s Mayo Hospital.

According to the spokesperson of the Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department, the patient who had recently come from abroad was admitted to the hospital on Saturday night.

City42 television channel first broke the news after midnight on Saturday.

The 54-year-old virus patient, who came to Pakistan from the UK on March 10, was brought to the hospital after he showed symptoms of the coronavirus infection.

In addition, the authorities conducted tests on all the people who had been close to the patient, which all came out negative.