PESHAWAR: The tally of confirmed coronavirus cases in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has mounted to 117 after 39 new cases were reported from Manga Union Council of Mardan where the first death from KP was reported.
“Quick update of extended coronavirus test results in UC Manga, Mardan where Pakistan’s first death was recorded, & a lockdown was enacted. Sampling has shown that out of 46 people tested in the UC, 39 tests are positive. 4 samples were rejected. All tested were asymptomatic,” said a tweet from KP Health Minister Taimur Saleem Jhagra.
“Further details are awaited and will be released as they come. The information minister and I will hold a briefing shortly. There are significant lessons for all of us asked to stay at home, to comply with instructions across Pakistan,” he added.
Countrywide wide tally mounts to 1,059
The countrywide tally of coronavirus cases has mounted to 1,059.
Sindh continues to be the most affected province with 413 cases, followed by Punjab with 312 cases, Balochistan with 119 cases, KP with 117 cases, Gilgit-Baltistan with 81 cases, Islamabad Capital Territory with 16 cases and Azad Jammu and Kashmir with one case.
Eight deaths have been reported in Pakistan so far, with three in KP, two in Punjab and one each in Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Sindh and Balochistan.
So far the disease has killed more than 18,000 people and infected over 420,000 others in 196 countries.
First coronavirus case in Swat
First case of coronavirus has been reported from Swat. District Commissioner Saqib Raza Aslam said the patient had returned from the United States one week ago. His family has been quarantined as a precautionary measure.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mehmood Khan visited different areas of Peshawar to see the implementation of the measures announced for social distancing.
“Alhamdolilah we are good in implantation. Citizens are requested to limit their movement and stay at home. We are out to save them from corona,” said a tweet from the official account of the chief minister.
Federal government announces Rs1.25 trillion package
The federal government has announced a package of Rs1.25 trillion to keep the economy afloat amid the coronavirus crisis. The package will grant relief to small and medium size industries and daily wage workers.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh said announced the package. He said the federal government will continue to take measures to help the people during the crisis.