KARACHI / ISLAMABAD / QUETTA / PESHAWAR / LAHORE / GILGIT / MUZAFFARABAD:
The novel coronavirus emerged in the central China city of Wuhan towards the end of last year and proliferated to almost the whole world within a couple of months. It’s not the virulence or fatality, but the infectivity of the new virus – also known as SARS-CoV-2 – that has set off a global frenzy.
The COVID-19 respiratory illness caused by this mysterious contagion has so far infected more than 1.8 million people in 202 countries and territories of the world – more than 110,000 of them have died and counting.
Pakistan, despite its close proximity with China, remained coronavirus-free until February 26 when a young man from Karachi tested positive after returning from Iran – one of the worst-hit countries. After a brief hiatus following the first case, COVID-19 cases spiked as more pilgrims returning from Iran tested positive for the virus.
The nationwide tally of COVID-19 patients soared past 5,374 with 2,594 cases in Punjab, 1,411 in Sindh, 744 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 230 in Balochistan, 224 in Gilgit-Baltistan, 131 in Islamabad, and 40 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
The virus has claimed 93 lives while at least 1,100 coronavirus patients have recovered.
The number of cases has continued to soar despite the country being under lockdown for the third consecutive week.
The situation remains fluid and we’re updating stats as soon as new figures are officially released.
9:15 am: NA special committee to meet today
Special Committee of National Assembly for those affected by coronavirus will be held in Islamabad with Speaker Asad Qaiser in the chair.
The meeting will review different reports submitted by sub-committee and concerned departments about arrangements to bring back all Pakistanis stranded abroad, management of quarantine centers at Taftan Border and status of Afghan nationals in the country.
9:00 am: NCC to meet today
The National Coordination Committee (NCC) will meet with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the chair in Islamabad to review the steps taken for the control of coronavirus pandemic in the country.
The meeting will also discuss the strategy to ensure continuity of industrial and economic activities and future planning.
The committee is likely to decide on providing more relief to the people, who are facing difficulties and hardships due to lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus.
8:35 am: 1,095 people recover from virus
Over 1,000 people are said to have recovered from the virus across the country.
A total of 65,114 tests have been conducted across the country with 3,233 conducted in the past 24 hours.
8:30 am: Death toll across the country rises to 93
The death toll across the country rose to 93 with at seven deaths being reported in the past 24 hours.
The number of novel coronavirus cases 5,300 on Monday out of which 44 are said be critical. As many as 336 new cases have been reported in the last 24 hours.
8:00 am: Death toll rises to 34 in K-P
As many as three new deaths have been reported from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa taking the provincial tally to 34.
The total number of coronavirus cases has risen to 744 in K-P with 145 people said to have recovered.
Over 4,000 tests have been conducted across the province.
1:00 am: Punjab’s total tally reaches 2,594
Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar in a late night tweet stated that the confirmed cases in the province had crossed 2,590.
Out of the total 701 are pilgrims from Iran, , 821 members of the Tableeghi Jamaat, 89 prisoners and 983 others.