The total number of coronavirus positive cases in Pakistan is 4,000. According to the latest data, the country led by Imran Khan has witnessed 4,072 positive cases of COVID-19 so far. With this, Army Commander General Qamar Javed Bajwa directed his top commanders to provide full support to the federal and provincial governments in combating a pandemic that has killed 58 people in the country. The Ministry of National Health Service said in its morning update that 208 new COVID-19 patients were added to the list over the past 24 hours.
So far 58 patients have died, including four in the past 24 hours, while 467 have recovered. Another 25 were reported in critical condition. The authorities carried out 42,159 tests so far, including 3,076 in the last 24 hours.
Provincial and territorial case data is not available on the ministry’s website while it is being updated.
However, private media and official sources report that the number of patients in Punjab has risen to 2,030, Sindh 986, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 527, Gilgit-Baltistan 212, Balochistan 206, Islamabad 83 and Kashmir occupied by Pakistan 28.
Pakistan made a panic attempt to overcome the pandemic and Prime Minister Imran Khan once again warned people to follow official guidelines about self-isolation or the virus would spread even further.
Army Commander General Bajwa held a meeting with key generals on Tuesday where he reviewed geo-strategic, regional and national security issues with special emphasis on the latest situation arising from COVID-19, said a statement issued by the military.
The generals, who attended the meeting via video link from their respective Central Offices, reviewed the deployment of troops assisting civil administration throughout the country.
“Appreciating the troops on the ground for the efforts so far, COAS directs all commanders to provide maximum assistance in mobilizing critical resources and reach out to reduce the suffering of people in distant areas,” the statement said.
At least 50 prisoners in the Punjab province were the most severely affected by the positive corona virus.
Prison Inspector General Shahid Baig told PTI that around 20 cases had been reported in the Lahore prison camp and the rest in other cases.
Baig said the outbreak came from a Pakistani who was arrested for drug smuggling in Italy and was handed over to Pakistan last month. He was diagnosed on March 23.
The government has extended the partial lock-up to April 14 and continues to ask people to stay indoors and to follow social distance.
Meanwhile, the Balochistan Young Doctors Association (YDA) in Balochistan province has announced to restart services after successful talks with the government.
YDA went on strike due to lack of protective equipment and against police brutality after the demonstration and they were charged with batons and several of their colleagues detained earlier this week.
Zamrak Province Agriculture Minister Khan Achakzai said an investigation would be carried out on people who used violence against protesting doctors.
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