PESHAWAR: The Sindh government on Friday confirmed the death of a 77-year-old coronavirus patient in Karachi, the first death from the deadly virus in the province.

The announcement was made by Sindh Health Minister Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho. The patient, a resident of Karachi, was a cancer survivor and had diabetes and hypertension, but did not have any travel or contact history.

“With a very heavy heart we’re confirming the first death of #COVID19 in #Sindh. The 77 year old patient was a resident of Karachi & had a history of carcinoma, diabetes and hypertension with no travel and contact history,” said a tweet from the Sindh Health and Population Welfare Department.

With the first death reported from Sindh from COVID-19, the total toll in Pakistan now stands at three as two patients earlier died from the virus in Khyber Pakhtunkwha.

Countrywide count of infections mount to 451

The toll of infected persons from COVID-19 has mounted to 451 in Pakistan

Sindh remains the most affected province with 238 confirmed cases, followed by Balochistan wtih 81 cases, Punjab wtih 80, KP with 23, Islamabad seven, and Gilgit-Baltistan having 21 confirmed cases. One case has been confirmed in Azad Jammu and Kashmir so far.

In the whole world, 176 countries have been affected with death toll crossing 9,700 and 234,000 infections. The epicentre of the outbreak has now shifted to Europe, which is recording a rapid rise in new cases every day.

WHO introduces WhatsApp number for COVID-19 information

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has introdduced an automated WhatsApp account to provide information about the coronavirus to people.

Peopel can send a text message at +41 798 931 892 to get updated information about latest numbers, mythbusters, protective measures and answers to coronavirus-related questions.

Pakistan allows truks to croos Chaman border

Prime Minister Imran Khan has orderred the authorities on Chaman Border with Afghanistan to allow the trucks to cross to Afghanistan as a goodwill gesture to help the country fight the coronavirus amid emergency situation.

“Despite global pandemic of COVID 19, we remain committed to supporting our Afghan brothers & sisters. I have given instructions to open the Chaman-Spinboldak border & let trucks crossover into Afghanistan. In time of crisis, we remain steadfast with Afghanistan,” the prime minister said in a tweet.