PESHAWAR: The overall toll of infected persons from coronavirus in Pakistan has mounted to 519 with Sindh reporting more cases from among those pilgrims who have returned from Iran.
Sindh remains the most affected province with 267 cases, followed by Punjab with 96 cases, Balochistan with 92 cases, Gilgit-Baltistan with 30 cases, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with 23 cases, Islamabad with 10 cases, and Azad Jammu and Kashmir with one case.
So far three people have died from coronavirus including two from KP and one from Sindh. Another suspected coronavirus patient died in KP on Friday, but her reports are yet to be received.
The virus has spread to almost all countries of the world, killing over 10,000 people and infected more than 250,000.
KP Health Department to remain open
The KP Health Department will remain open even during weekly holidays due to the coronavirus outbreak.
According to a notification from the Health Department, all the employees have been directed to be on duty on Match 21, 22 and 23.
Delivery boy ‘cleared’
A video went viral on the social media which showed that a delivery boy allegedly had coronavirus, but he has been cleared after tests.
An official at the Khyber Teaching Hospital (KTH) in Peshawar said the patient was kept in the isolation ward as a precautionary measure and all tests were conducted. The boy was tested negative for coronavirus on Friday night.
Crackdown on violators in Peshawar
The district administration of Peshawar on Friday sealed several schools wedding halls and other buildings violating the government instructions on coronavirus spread.
The officials conducted surprise visits to different areas and sealed 500 buildings for violating the government directives on coronavirus precautions. Various schools, coaching academies, restaurants, fitness clubs, and indoor sports centres were sealed.
Pak-Afghan border opened
On Saturday Pakistan opened its border with Afghanistan to allow crossing over of trucks carrying foodstuff and other goods under the orders of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
In the first phase, 50 trucks with fresh fruits and vegetables entered Afghanistan. Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday allowed crossing over of trucks to Afghanistan purely on humanitarian grounds. He said Pakistan will support Afghanistan during this crisis. The step was considered necessary to avoid food shortage in the neighbouring country amid the coronavirus emergency.