PESHAWAR: The death toll from coronavirus in Pakistan has mounted to six, while there are 882 confirmed cases, including 38 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Three deaths have been reported from KP and one each from Gilgit-Baltistan and Balochistan. Sindh has the most number of infected people at 394, followed by Punjab that has 246 confirmed patients, Balochistan has 108, Gilgit-Baltistan has 80, Islamabad Capital Territory has 15 cases and one case has emerged in Azad Kashmir so far.
Public holidays extended in KP
After emergence of seven new coronavirus cases in KP on Monday, the provincial government decided to extend public holidays till March 28, 2020.
“The rest of this week is now off in Pakhtunkhwa. That’s it. There is no need for anyone to move outside their homes. Please stay in. Please pass the message. Please do this for everyone around you,” KP Health Minister Taimur Saleem Jhagra said in a tweet.
‘Get well soon Saeed Ghani!’
In another tweet, Taimur Jhagra sends best wishes to Saeed Ghani, Sindh Education Minister, who tested positive for coronavirus on Monday. The Sindh minister said his test has come back positive despite the fact that he did not feel symptoms of coronavirus.
Seven new cases confirmed in KP
“7 new cases have been confirmed in KP in the last 24 hours taking the total tally to 38. There was a big increase in suspected cases mostly because of the Zaireen that have arrived in DI Khan,” said the provincial health department in a tweet.
Mass public transport was also closed in KP on Monday to avoid the spread of coronavirus.
“All mass public transport in Pakhtunkhwa is now closed. In buses, wagons etc. you risk getting infected and infecting others. Don’t do this. For your family. For loved ones. For the nation. Let’s #FlattenTheCuve,” Taimur Jhagra tweeted.
Army deployed to deal with coronavirus emergency
The Pakistan Army’s troops have been called in across the country for deployment to help deal with the emergency measures against coronavirus.
The development of Army troops has been made due to fast spreading coronavirus in the country.
Global death toll cross 14,000
Globally, 192 countries have been affected coronavirus with more than 14,000 deaths and over 337,000 infections. The epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak has now shifted to Europe.