Pakistani dies of coronavirus in London

By: News Desk
Published: 05:18 PM, 17 Mar, 2020
Pakistani dies of coronavirus in London
Caption: A traveller wearing a mask arrives at an Heathrow's airport terminal, in west London. AFP
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A 60-year-old Pakistan-born British man Tuesday died of coronavirus in London, his family said.

He is the second overseas Pakistani who died of the deadly virus.

The man belonged to Gojar Khan city of Pakistan. The family of the has been quarantined in the East London Barking.

Earlier, a Pakistani man had died of coronavirus in Milan, Italy on March 11. The unnamed victim was 65-year-old and had been living in the Italian city for years.

Italy is facing a serious coronavirus crisis with all the public gatherings banned and the entire country facing a lockdown-like situation, the PIA had, the other day, had suspended its flights to Milan.

Britain on Tuesday ramped up its response to the escalating coronavirus outbreak after the government imposed unprecedented peacetime measures prompted by scientific advice that infections and deaths would spiral without drastic action.

More firms sent staff to work from home and public transport emptied after the government called for an end to "non-essential" social contact and unnecessary travel as confirmed COVID-19 cases climbed to more than 1,500 and deaths rose to 55.

More stringent restrictions are expected in the coming days, including forcing people with serious health conditions to stay at home for three months to ease pressure on health services.

The government was due later Tuesday to set out details of emergency laws in parliament, where members of the public have now been banned from attending debates, meeting lawmakers or visiting.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson had faced criticism for his approach to the pandemic, which involved holding off on imposing the strict measures seen in other countries to combat the spread of COVID-19.