COVID19: Pakistan confirms 50 deaths; Coronavirus cases reach 3,277

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10:01 AM | 6 Apr, 2020
COVID19: Pakistan confirms 50 deaths; Coronavirus cases reach 3,277
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LAHORE – The number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan rose to a total of 3,277, according to government data available till Monday morning, after recording 397 new cases in past 24 hours.

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Total confirmed cases: 3,277

  • Punjab: 1493
  • Sindh: 881
  • Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 405
  • Gilgit-Baltistan: 210
  • Balochistan: 191
  • Islamabad Capital Territory: 82
  • AJK: 15

Recovered: 257

Deaths: 50

Updated as of 10:00 am, 6 April, 2020 

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COVID-19 fatalities

The death toll related to COVID-19 has reached 50, according to the National Command and Control Centre, while at least 257 patients have fully recovered.

Punjab has become the worst-hit province in the country with 1493 cases (12 deaths) followed by Sindh, 881 (15 deaths); Kyber Pakhtunkhwa, 405 (16 deaths); Gilgit Baltistan, 210 (3 deaths); Balochistan 192 (1 death); Islamabad 82; and Azad Jammu and Kashmir, 15.

The first two fatalities from COVID-19, as the illness is officially known, were reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on March 18 (Wednesday). 

KNOW ABOUT COVID-19

Citizens are advised to:

  • Wash hands regularly with soap, besides cleaning surfaces regularly with recommended disinfectants
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with contaminated hands
  • Practice respiratory hygiene by coughing or sneezing into a bent elbow or tissue and then immediately dispose it off
  • Wear a medical or surgical mask if have respiratory symptoms - Perform hand hygiene after disposing off the mask.
  • Maintain a minimum of mandatory 1 meter distance from individuals with respiratory symptoms
  • If symptoms appear, doctors or 1166 should be approached immediately

Majority recovering from COVID-19 infection

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Services Dr Zafar Mirza on Sunday said that 745 confirmed COVID-19 patients admitted in various hospitals across the country were stable and showing signs of recovery.

“They were in mild to moderate condition and soon they will be discharged from the hospitals,” Dr Mirza said in a routine televised media briefing on prevailing corona situation in the country.

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Dr. Sania Nishtar has said Federal Government will provide cash assistance of 12,000 rupees to over 12 million deserving families under Ehsaas Emergency Cash Program in the wake of COVID-19.

Pakistan under lockdown

Although Prime Minister Imran Khan has ruled out a total lockdown to avoid drastic consequences on the national economy, Pakistan -- a nation of over 220 million people -- has already placed a general ban on public gatherings - including weddings, social gatherings and other types of congregations.

Schools and other educational institutions remain shut until at least April 3; in addition to an enforced closure of all shopping centres, cinemas, public parks, non-essential government offices and other locations where people might congregate. Grocery stores and pharmacies, however, remain open.

All motorways and public transport also remain closed while Pakistan Army troops have been deployed throughout the country to help tackle the spread of the coronavirus. 

Partial lockdowns are in place across the country while public being encouraged to follow social distancing and self-quarantine. 

All unnecessary shops and businesses remain closed and pillion riding banned. Section 144 has been imposed in Punjab and Sindh provinces which will continue till April 14. 

If citizens need to go to the hospital, only three persons will be allowed to travel in a car.

Also, the Gilgit-Baltistan government is observing complete lockdown for an indefinite period.

In addition, the country has closed its land borders with India, Iran and Afghanistan and is screening all air travel passengers.

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