PESHAWAR: The Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) Peshawar, the largest public sector hospital in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, has banned media coverage of the hospital after a journalist was diagnosed with coronavirus.

The LRH Director Dr Khalid Masood said the health condition of a cameraman of a private news channel deteriorated on Tuesday and he came to the office of the media manager where he was advised to have test for coronavirus. Dr Khalid Masood said the journalist meanwhile interviewed LRH Media Manager Asim twice.

The LRH director said the samples of the media team of the hospital will be taken today (Thursday) and sent for laboratory tests.

Cameraman Shahzad Kazmi is the first journalist in KP who has been diagnosed with coronavirus. It has created fear and panic among his fellow journalists, particularly the circle of friends, who used to meet him.

KP death toll mounts to 83

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has reported 108 new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus during the last 24 hours, after which the toll of infected persons has mounted to 1,453, while three deaths have also been reported.

According to KP Health Department, three more people died from the virus in the last 24 hours, taking the provincial death toll to 83. So far, 414 have recovered in the province.

Countrywide death toll crosses 215

The number of confirmed cases in the country rose to 10,244 after different parts of the country reported new cases, while six more deaths have also been reported.

The total death toll in Pakistan now stands at 215, with KP having the most fatalities at 83. Sindh has reported 69 deaths, Balochistan six, Gilgit-Baltistan three, Punjab 51 and Islamabad Capital Territory has reported three deaths.

According to latest data, Sindh has reported 3,373 cases, Punjab 4,590, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 1,453, Balochistan 552, Islamabad Capital Territory 194, Gilgit-Baltistan 290 and Azad Jammu and Kashmir has reported 51 cases.

A total of 2,156 people in Pakistan have recovered from coronavirus so far.

PM’s test is negative

Prime Minister Imran Khan’s coronavirus test has come back as negative after his meeting with Faisal Edhi, the head of Edhi Foundation, who met the premier few days ago to hand over a cheque in the relief fund. On next day of meeting the premier, Faisal Edhi felt symptoms of coronavirus and his test came back as positive.