Pakistan death toll rises to 18, with 1625 coronavirus cases

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Coronavirus death toll surges to 939 with 43,966 infected cases in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday has reported 18 deaths from novel coronavirus while the total number of cases have surged to 1625 as 508 patients have been tested positive for the epidemic in Sindh, 144 in Balochistan, 593 in Punjab, 195 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 128 in Gilgit-Baltistan, 51 in Islamabad and six in Azad Kashmir. So far 28 patients have recovered in the country.
Chief Minister of Punjab Usman Buzdar has confirmed that one more person has died from the novel coronavirus. The death toll from the virus in the province now stands at six.
Prime Minister Imran Khan will address the nation today (Monday) regarding the situation caused by the outbreak of deadly coronavirus.
According to sources, the premier will take the people into confidence over government’s step to combat the deadly coronavirus Imran Khan said he will put a comprehensive road map in front of the nation, adding that difficult times are a test of the leadership.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Core Committee has decided to delegate tasks to lawmakers of PTI to deal with coronavirus. The party leaders will also join ‘Corona Relief Tigers Force’.
According to details, a meeting of PTI Core Committee, chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan, was held to review situation of the country in view of coronavirus. Meeting was briefed about steps taken by provinces to combat the deadly disease.
Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has said that labour class would get substantial relief from the economic package of PTI government.
According to a statement issued on Sunday, he said “We will undergo all sorts of stress and strain in order to provide maximum relief to the poor segment and effectively cope with coronavirus, he added. We believe in undertaking practical steps instead of making oral calculations.”
Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid has said that every possible step is being taken to control the coronavirus pandemic, however it is impossible to test everyone for the coronavirus.
Dr Yasmin Rashid said this while talking during Dunya News programme Sawal Awam Ka . She said that lockdown to stem spread of coronavirus was yielding good results and added that complete lockdown would be imposed if situation worsens.
Chief Minister of Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar has said that “Punjab Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Ordinance 2020” has been promulgated which will enable Government of Punjab to take all necessary measures to prevent and protect public from the dangerous coronavirus.
On his twitter account, CM Buzdar said that the ordinance has been promulgated keeping in view the emergency situation in Punjab. He also tweeted important points of the ordinance.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Services Dr Zafar Mirza on Sunday said that 745 confirmed COVID-19 patients admitted in various hospitals across the country were stable and showing signs of recovery.
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad on Sunday, he said that they were in mild to moderate condition and soon they will be discharged from the hospitals, adding that out of total 756 hospitalized corona patients, only 11 were in critical condition and they were being treated at isolation rooms while some of them were on ventilators.
The IMF chief took to the twitter to make the announcement saying, “Had a good conversation with Pakistan PM on measures to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19”.
She further said, “The IMF provides financial support during this difficult time and remains closely engaged on the design of policies.”

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