Number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan rises to 1,500

Punjab taking the lead with 557 cases, 469 cases confirmed in Sindh

By: Maqbool Ahmad      Published: 11:56 PM, 28 Mar, 2020
Number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan rises to 1,500
A doctor checks body temperature of a man returning from Iran at a quarantine zone in the Pakistan-Iran border town of Taftan.–AFP file photo

The number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan reached 1,500 on Saturday evening, with Punjab taking the lead with 557 cases.

According to the federal government’s portal covid-19-pk, the number of coronavirus cases in other provinces is as following: Sindh 469, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 188, Balochistan 138, Gilgit-Baltistan 107, Federal Capital 39 and Azad Kashmir 2.

As many as 29 coronavirus patients have recovered so far in Pakistan and 12 lost their battle against the deadly virus.

Pakistan has witnessed a steady rise in coronavirus cases since confirmation of the first infection in its largest city of Karachi on February 26. As a result, the federal and provincial governments have resorted to strict measures like lockdowns to contain the spread of virus in the country. Currently, all provinces are under complete or partial lockdown and heavy contingents of police, the Rangers and the Pakistan Army have been deployed nationwide for effective enforcement of the lockdown.

Keeping in view the increasing number of infections in the country, at least 182 quarantine centres have been set up nationwide. In a country already reeling under a severe financial crisis, availability of coronavirus testing kits, ventilators, protective gear for healthcare providers and sufficient number of quarantine centres remains a going concern.