Confirmed coronavirus cases surge to 254 in Pakistan

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Confirmed coronavirus cases surge to 254 in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The coronavirus cases in Pakistan have surged to 254 on Wednesday as 181 patients have been tested positive for the epidemic in Sindh, 31 in Punjab, 19 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 16 in Balochistan, four in Islamabad and three in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Three more coronavirus cases were reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, taking the province’s tally to 19.
One case was reported in Buner. The patient was taken to the Hayatabad Medical Complex in Peshawar where he tested positive for coronavirus. The patient had a travel history from Sharjah.
The authorities are isolating his family at the DHQ Hospital Daggar, Buner.
The second patient tested positive at Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar. He had a Dubai travel history and is from Hangu.
The third was a man in Mardan who had recently returned from Saudi Arabia. He is being treated at the Mardan Medical Complex.
Chief Minister Mahmood Khan confirmed the cases during a press conference on Wednesday. KP Health Minister Taimur Jhagra gave details of the three cases and said the time to criticize will come but now, everyone must work together.
Sindh government spokesman and advisor on law and environment Barrister Murtaza Wahab addressed a press conference today in Karachi and confirmed the count in Sindh which is the worst-hit province.
The advisor told that fifty percent pilgrims coming from Taftan border have been tested positive for the virus. Two patients have been discharged from the hospital after full recovery and all the victims are being kept in isolation ward for medication, he told.
He urged the federal government to take serious steps for curbing the spread of coronavirus as it is a long process and the country needs to cope with it. The provincial government has not taken any decision to close the hospitals, he added.
Murtaza Wahab further requested the people to stay at home for fourteen days for the prevention of deadly coronavirus in the province. If you want to help the government, just quarantine yourself instead of going on vacations, he asked.
On the other hand, Oman, Canada, UAE and Malaysia have put travel ban on Pakistanis in the wake of the epidemic. Only Pakistan-born Canadians and Americans and diplomatic staff will be allowed to travel to Canada.
Oman and Malaysia have restricted Pakistanis having visit and business visas while UAE has banned nationals of all other countries possessing paper visa.

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