The total number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Pakistan have surged to 803 with the death toll now at six after the latest casualty in Balochistan and the number of cases keep going up.
The latest death was reported in Balochistan bringing the country’s total to six. The deceased patient was a 65 year old woman who was under treatment at the Fatima Jinnah Chest Hospital according to the Spokesperson of the Government of Balochistan Liaquat Shahwani who took to Twitter to report the first coroanvirus death in the province extending his condolences to the family of the deceased.
Earlier a death was reported in Gigit Baltistan where a Dr Usama Riaz who lost his life treating and tending to COVID-19 patients. He was being treated at the DHQ in Gilgit Baltistan where he had been in serious condition the past few days with lung issues and surviving on ventilator before finally passing away.
There has been three deaths in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where as Sindh has only reported one casualty because of the novel coronavirus with a 77 year old cancer survivor who passed away.
The total number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Pakistan has reached 804 and here is a breakdown of these cases throughout the country. These are the latest figures being reported as of 3:00 pm on 23 March 2020.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases breakdown in Pakistan:
Number of Cases
CM Murad Ali Shah has placed Sindh under lock down to try and curb the spread of the virus with Sindh police and rangers currently enforcing it.
Non essential businesses have also been closed in Punjab that include malls, shopping centers, restaurants, markets and even parks. CM Usman Buzdar has urged people to stay indoors.
Pharmacies and grocery stores however are still open and will remain operational for now. Although a letter was sent to the Ministry of Interior by the Government of Punjab requesting army aid in civil administration under Article 245.
The Government has taken to Twitter saying that important decisions will be announced regarding the COVID-19 pandemic at 4:15 pm
Chief Minister Punjab and Cabinet Committee on #COVID19 will announce important decisions in press briefing at 4:15 pm
As the Corona virus further slows down the economy in Pakistan, factory workers, labour and daily wagers will get impacted most.
The government can handle this by expanding the mandate of Ehsaas (BISP) program and connecting it with provincial databases maintained by industries dept, labour dept and social protection departments. Extend monthly cash transfers to factory workers, labour, and daily wagers. All the systems are already in place — someone needs to connect them and make this happen.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases globally have crossed 345,000 with number of deaths almost crossing 15,000. While the majority of confirmed cases are still in China, the death toll in Italy has crossed China by a significant number.
Where China has 3,270 deaths per 81,093 confirmed cases, Italy now stands at 5,476 deaths with just 59,138 confirmed cases.
United States is now the third country most affected by the coronavirus and on its way to becoming the next epicenter.
China on the other hand has gotten control of the situation and have been successful in curbing the spread of the coronavirus in the country with only 39 cases reported in the last 24 hours.