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Coronavirus takes 40 lives, cases rise to 2,708

LAHORE: Pakistani authorities have reported 40 deaths from novel coronavirus while the total number of cases has surged to 2708.
According to details, 1072 patients have been tested positive for the epidemic in Punjab, 839 in Sindh, 343 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 193 in Gilgit-Baltistan, 175 in Balochistan, 75 in Islamabad and 11 in Azad Kashmir. So far, 130 patients have recovered in the country while 10 are in critical condition.
Police decide to deal strictly with lockdown offenders in Lahore
The Punjab government has decided to deal strictly with the violators of provision of lockdown in the provincial metropolis. According to media reports, all the entry and exit points of the city have been sealed. The decision has been taken to obtain better results from the ongoing lockdown to deal with novel coronavirus.
Pakistani authorities on Friday have reported 37 deaths in the country from novel coronavirus while the total number of confirmed cases has surged to 2547. According to details, 977 patients have been tested positive for the epidemic in Punjab, 783 in Sindh, 343 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 190 in Gilgit-Baltistan, 175 in Balochistan, 68 in Islamabad and 11 in Azad Kashmir. So far, 126 patients have recovered in the country while 10 are in critical condition.
Coronavirus suspect passes away in Sahiwal, was not isolated
A coronavirus suspect has succumbed to the pathogen in teaching hospital on Saturday.
25 pilgrims cleared of coronavirus in Sukkur quarantine facility
More 25 people kept in isolated quarantine facility in Sukkur were declared fit and healthy after spending more than 14 days by themselves.
According to the administration of the quarantine facility, 25 pilgrims were tested negative for the coronavirus. The persons will be allowed to leave for their homes after final approval from the doctors. Till now 248 persons are under treatment in the Sukkur quarantine for the deadly virus.
Pak allows exit of Afghan nationals
Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday announced that the Pakistan and Afghanistan govts have come to terms with regards to allowance of Afghan nationals to exit Pakistan amidst coronavirus pandemic.
The ministry said that the step has been taken after a special request was tendered to the government of Pakistan from Afghanistan, the request has been approved under humanitarian grounds. Taking to the micro-blogging website Twitter, the ministry’s spokesperson Dr Aisha Farooqui said that the border shall remain open from April 6 till 9.
The tweet read: “On Afghanistan’s special request and on humanitarian considerations, we are allowing exit of Afghan nationals, wishing to go back to their country, through Torkham and Chaman borders crossings on 6-9 April. —Agencies
We remain in solidarity with our Afghan brethren at this time of global pandemic,” the twitter said.
Earlier on March 20, Prime Minister Imran Khan took to Twitter to announce the opening of the Chaman-Spin Boldak border to Afghanistan for trucks to crossover to the other side.
PM Imran Khan said that despite the global pandemic of COVID-19, coronavirus Pakistan’s resolve to stand by and support the people of Afghanistan in their hour of need.
The tweet read: “Despite global pandemic of COVID 19, we remain committed to supporting our Afghan brothers & sisters. I have given instructions to open the Chaman-Spin Boldak border & let trucks crossover into Afghanistan. In time of crisis, we remain steadfast with Afghanistan.”
11 coronavirus positive cases confirmed in Dir Lower
Deputy District Health Officer and Focal Person for Crises Management Cell Doctor Irshad Ali Roghani Saturday said that five laboratory test have received in seven samples taken from affected area of Talash.
He said out of those seven cases five cases of Coronavirus have confirmed. He said that 73 suspected patients have reported till then in Dir Lower, in which 43 patients test result have received from laboratory in which 11 Corona virus have confirmed. He said out of the 36 suspected cases, 23 have been cleared while the results of the 26 others are still awaited from laboratory. He said that district administration and district police workers have decided 83 homes into home Quarantine while thereby 261 people were kept. —APP

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