Pakistan embassy says reports about Pakistani- Americans deaths from coronavirus cannot be ‘authenticated’

12:20 PM | 12 Apr, 2020
Pakistan embassy says reports about Pakistani- Americans deaths from coronavirus cannot be ‘authenticated’
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WASHINGTON - The Pakistan Embassy on Saturday brushed aside as “guesstimates” media reports about the death of more than 100 Pakistani-Americans in the New York region resulting from the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the United states and many other countries of the world.

“We have seen media reports on the number of Pakistani-American deaths on account of Covid-19 infections in the US. There are no formally confirmed figures available from any official source in the US,” the embassy said in a statement.

“These are guesstimates being informally quoted by community sources and some funeral homes. Such figures cannot therefore be authenticated,” the statement said, adding that it was an evolving situation.

“Meanwhile, we have no reports even informal ones of any Pakistani-American deaths from our consulates in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Houston,” the embassy said.

“The Embassy and the Consulate Generals are in touch with our community members and will be ready to extend every assistance and support wherever needed.”