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Latest Updates - How Pakistan is dealing with Coronavirus Pandemic?

Asma Khan 02:30 PM | 23 Mar, 2020
Latest Updates - How Pakistan is dealing with Coronavirus Pandemic?

Coronavirus pandemic has turned on emergency across the world as every second person is getting infected by this disease and the situation is worsening persistently. As of now, if we take a view of the spread of COVID-19 in Pakistan, the management has been lacking to play a significant role while considering it an emergency.  Despite so many intimations to stay at home for safety, the citizens are openly moving around in their cities, some of them with the masks on their faces while the other even without taking any prescribed precautionary measures.

According to the latest updates till now (23 March 2020 at 02:30 PM) the numbers of positive cases for coronavirus have been calculated up to 804, subsequently reporting 6 deaths. As per the latest statistics, Sindh has been reported with the highest number of confirmed cases i.e. 352, Punjab with 225, Balochistan with 108, Islamabad with 15, KPK with 32 while a total of 72 confirmed cases have been reported in Azad & Jammu Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan.

In the wake of this critical situation, the Sindh Government has asked the Interior Ministry to approve Army Deployment in order to deal effectively with the pandemic. As per the recent updates, the cited count of the confirmed cases in Sindh was previously announced as 396 by the government but a spokesperson for the Sindh health department accredited the change to a counting error.

On the other hand, the breaking news revealed that Punjab province has reported 17 new coronavirus cases on Saturday night revising the tally up to 152. A sharp rise has been observed in the graph of coronavirus in Pakistan during the past 36 to 48 hours which is alarming and turning on the panicky situation across the country. With this consideration, CM Punjab Usman Buzdar has declared a lockdown for 2 days across Punjab on Saturday night at 09:00 PM till Tuesday Morning at 09:00 PM to avoid the spread of this disease. However, the situation is changing every minute and so are the decisions to deal with COVID-19 effectively. 

Contrary to the prevailing situation in Pakistan, Italy has witnessed coronavirus deaths rising up to 5476 as per the details on Monday (23 March 2020 at 02:30 PM). The point of the emergence of the disease i.e. Wuhan in China, has brought the good news of zero new local infections and declared the success of dealing with the pandemic in an organized manner following complete lockdown. Iran’s death toll has risen to 1685 whereas the total number of infected people exceeds 21,000. (23 March 2020 at 02:30 PM)

Moreover, Turkey has banned people above 65 years of age and those with chronic health problems from leaving homes. As per the information(23 March 2020 at 02:30 PM), at least 1236 people have been tested positive of coronavirus in Turkey while 30 have been reported to have expired subsequently.

Taking the situation of Pakistan in terms of the coronavirus pandemic in a political perspective, the Speaker of the National Assembly has contacted the opposition leader to form a panel on the coronavirus issue so that this infection can be dealt effectively without politically maligning the initiatives in this regard. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also stated that it is not the time to criticize the Prime Minister, it is the time to be on the same page and the Federal Government should be extending assistance to all the provinces on an equal level to cope up with this emergency. Moreover, PM Imran Khan, Ministers, and other political leaders are significantly emphasizing on a stay at home for everyone and to properly take all precautionary measures. It has also been intimated that if anyone feels symptoms like that suspected to be caused by COVID-19, get them tested in the designated laboratories right away while maintaining social distance.

The people of Pakistan are demanding a complete lockdown for the next few days so that the situation can be controlled properly without any further death reports. However, apart from Sindh, none of the provincial or Federal Government has announced anything like that apart from Punjab where the CM has announced a lockdown for only 2 days on Saturday night.

The medical facilities including the availability of face masks, sanitizers, ventilators and ICU wards is not sufficient to deal with this health crisis. The Pakistan Army has ensured to contribute towards controlling the disease and providing the facilities to all the patients but it’s going to be a big challenge to deal with for the government of the time. Quarantine locales have also been arranged for the patients to keep safety on priority. 

For the latest breaking news in English, check our website from time to time to stay informed. Daily Pakistan promises to provide related to the coronavirus pandemic. You can also check DailyPakistan breaking news in Urdu on the official website. Stay tuned & stay safe!

Some Important Questions

Why is everything on the news about the coronavirus?

Coronavirus has turned on an emergency situation across the globe while making the headlines with around 304,622 positive cases and at least 13,000 deaths. 

How long will it take for the coronavirus to be contained?

The researchers have been learning as much as they can about COVID-19 and experimenting to create vaccines so that coronavirus pandemic can be controlled at the earliest.

How to keep yourself safe from the new coronavirus?

To keep yourself safe from coronavirus, wash your hands frequently and properly, use hand sanitizer, wear gloves, cover your face with masks and avoid going out of the home.

What are the conspiracy theories about the Coronavirus?

The virus was purposely created in the lab, you can cure the infection with different home remedies including the use of onions & garlic. 

Is the coronavirus more dangerous than the flu?

Yes, it is more dangerous than the flu as it directly affects the lungs and respiratory system and if you have any underlying serious health condition, there are lesser chances of survival.

Can't they stop the coronavirus from spreading?

Researchers and scientists are trying their best to learn more about the coronavirus and find out the way to create vaccines in order to foil the spreading of this infection.

Is there a treatment for the Coronavirus?

There is no proper treatment prescribed to treat the infection caused by coronavirus however, the researchers & scientists are doing their best to find out the way. 

How dangerous is the coronavirus?

Coronavirus is a readily transmitting disease and its symptoms can be confused with that of general flu. It directly affects your lungs and respiratory system and the chances of survival are lesser if you have any underlying health issues.

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KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on January 27, 2023 (Friday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 07:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 264 266
Euro EUR 274 276.7
UK Pound Sterling GBP 311 314
U.A.E Dirham AED 68.7 69.3
Saudi Riyal SAR 66.4 67
Australian Dollar AUD 176 178
Bahrain Dinar BHD 615.68 620.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 186 188
China Yuan CNY 34.12 34.37
Danish Krone DKK 33.83 34.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 29.52 29.87
Indian Rupee INR 2.81 2.89
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 756.69 761.69
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 52.59 53.04
New Zealand Dollar NZD 148.33 149.53
Norwegians Krone NOK 22.43 22.73
Omani Riyal OMR 600.37 604.87
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 63.5 64
Singapore Dollar SGD 178 179.3
Swedish Korona SEK 21.78 22.08
Swiss Franc CHF 250.23 251.98
Thai Bhat THB 6.98 7.08

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs203,900 on Friday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs174,810.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs160,241 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 186,907.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Karachi PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Islamabad PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Peshawar PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Quetta PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Sialkot PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Attock PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Gujranwala PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Jehlum PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Multan PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Bahawalpur PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Gujrat PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Nawabshah PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Chakwal PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Hyderabad PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Nowshehra PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Sargodha PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Faisalabad PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Mirpur PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100

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