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Coronavirus takes 35 lives, cases stand at 2,458

By Our Staff Reporter
LAHORE: Pakistani authorities on Friday have reported 35 deaths from novel coronavirus while the total number of cases has surged to 2,458.
According to details, 928 patients have been tested positive for the epidemic in Punjab, 783 in Sindh, 311 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 190 in Gilgit-Baltistan, 169 in Balochistan, 68 in Islamabad and nine in Azad Kashmir. So far, 126 patients have recovered in the country while 10 are in critical condition. In an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus, the National Coordination Committee (NCC) has decided to extend the countrywide lockdown till April 14.
Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar informed that goods transport carrying food will remain open, while medicines will be available for the general public in all four provinces of the country.
PM directs not to conceal info regarding patients
PM Imran Khan on Friday directed not to conceal any information regarding the number of coronavirus patients at any cost.
He said this while presiding over a meeting of the National Coordination Committee (NCC) in Islamabad.
During the meeting, situation regarding the pandemic was reviewed. It was decided during the meeting that the data pertaining to the pandemic will released from the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC). Imran Khan while directing the provinces to share their data with the NCOC said concealing hiding any information related to the pandemic would be like jeopardizing the national security.
The premier also thanked almighty Allah that the coronavirus situation in Pakistan is not disturbing and is under control due to the timely measures being taken by the government and institutions.
He said that the restrictions would continue until April 14 and further decision will be taken after reviewing the situation.
Hazara division has 24 confirmed patients: health Dept
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa health authorities Friday confirmed 24 COVID-19 cases in three districts of Hazara division.
According to the Health Department, the patients were confirmed from Haripur, Abbottabad and Manshera districts while no single case of COVID-19 from Torghar, Upper Kohistan, Lower Kohistan and

Battagram districts has been reported yet. The maximum number of coronavirus patients were identified in Abbottabad district were 12, Manshera 8 and Haripur district 9. According to the health department statistics, the people identified with COVID-19 in Manshera were Neelofar, Arfaa, Ejaz Ahmed, Wajid Ali, Syed Saibullah and Shah Abdul Aziz.
In Abbottabad district, Abdul Lateef, Jawad Alam, Major (Retd) Sardar Ilyas who lost his life, Dr Jahangir, Maroof, Anar Gul, Murad, Fawad Ali, Adil Rehman and Sonia Bibi. While the coronavirus patients in Haripur district were identified as Mehwish Iqbal, Aurangzeb, Ghulam Mustafa and Iqbal Shaikh. The health department has also confirmed that no coronavirus patient has been confirmed in four districts of Hazara.
920 cases confirmed in Punjab
Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid said on Friday that 920 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the province, a private news channel reported. In a message on her social media Twitter account, Dr Yasmin Rashid said overall 17,069 patients were tested for the COVID-19, from which 920 were tested positive and 16,149 were negative.
24 patients of COVID-19 confirmed in Hazara
Health authorities KPK Friday confirmed 24 COVID-19 cases in three districts of Hazara division.
According to the Health Department, the patients were confirmed from district Haripur, Abbottabad, and Manshera while no single case of COVID-19 from district Torghar, Upper Kohistan, Lower Kohistan and Battagram has been reported so far. The maximum number of patients was identified in district Abbottabad where 12 people have been admitted with COVID-19 positive, district Manshera 8 and district Haripur 9.
The people identified with COVID-19 in Manshera were Neelofar, Arfaa, Ejaz Ahmed, Wajid Ali, Syed Saibullah and Shah Abdul Aziz. In Abbottabad district, Abdul Lateef, Jawad Alam, Major (R) Sardar Ilyas who lost his life, Dr. Jahangir, Maroof, Anar Gul, Murad, Fawad Ali, Adil Rehman, and Sonia Bibi were included.
The covid-19 patients of district Haripur were identified as Mehwish Iqbal, Aurangzeb, Ghulam Mustafa, and Iqbal Shaikh were identified. The Health Department has also confirmed that no coronavirus patient has been confirmed in four districts of Hazara.
Govt deptts deposit Rs.113 million in PM relief funds
The attached departments of Power Division have deposited  Rs 113 million in PM’s  relief funds for Pandemic COVID-19 to end financial suffering of the people affected due to the economic slowdown cased the by coronavirus. 

Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) has deposited the amount of Rs 53 million in fund.
The company has also offered the hostel building in I-9, Islamabad for utilizing the space for quarantine/isolation unit along with provision of medicines, 50 PPE kits for medical staff, food and well equipped ambulance for established quarantine, said a press release issued here on Friday.
Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) has released a handout of Rs10 million for four districts of Sindh with spirit of cash-support for procurement of necessary equipment in the province against COVID-19 pandemic.
Pakistan State Oil (PSO) has also extended support of Rs 50 million in Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for Pandemic COVID-19 with spirit of national responsibility in this challenging time.
Both gas utilities, SNGPL and SSGCL had undertaken immediate measures to facilitate the people during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
SNGPL Bill App, recently launched by company, helped the public to view their gas bills and pay the same through the mobile application.
Same mobile App will be made available by SSGC soon. Moreover, gas bills of next crucial months can be paid through three easy installments amid COVID-19 crisis.
In addition to above, the prices of petroleum products had already been reduced by Rs.15 to provide relief to the common man.
This was part of the economic relief package announced by Prime Minister Imran Khan for the people. Petroleum Division is working round the clock to facilitate public through dedicated teams to ensure supply and availability of gas and oil across the country.

Coronavirus positive cases rise to 151 in Hyderabad
HYDERABAD: The number of confirmed coronavirus cases was increased to 151 in Hyderabad as total tally rose to 783 in the province.
The Sindh Health Department officials stated that all patients had already been shifted to the COVID-19 isolation wards set up in different hospitals of the city for further treatment.
According to data received here on Friday, 14 more patients tested coronavirus positive taking the tally to 151 in Hyderabad district out of them majority of cases were of local transmission.
Of these 151 confirmed cases, a woman has recovered and already had been discharged from LU hospital’s isolation ward while one patient belonged to Tando Muhammad Khan was passed away yesterday.
All confirmed patients are admitted at COVID-19 isolation wards set up at different hospitals including civil hospital, Trauma Center, Kohsar hospital Latifabad, Rajputana hospital while suspected patients had already been quarantined in different quarantine centers. –APP

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