Coronavirus Cases In Pakistan Cross 4,200 With 60 Deaths Recorded So Far

Pakistan’s tally of confirmed Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) cases moved past the 4,000 mark on Tuesday. Deaths because of the virus stand at 60 in the country.

As of 1.10 pm (PKT), Pakistan’s virus tally reads 4,112 with Punjab reporting the most cases at 2,030, followed by Sindh at 1,036, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at 527, Balochistan at 206, Gilgit Baltistan at 211, Islamabad 83, and Azad Jammu & Kashmir 19. Meanwhile 467 people have recovered from the disease in Pakistan.

Worldwide, coronavirus cases have passed 1.4 million with deaths crossing 82,000. Global recoveries have surged past 300,000. USA, Spain, Italy, France, and Germany remain the world’s most affected countries trumping China, the onetime hub of the pandemic.

The New York City’s death toll from the coronavirus has risen past 4,000, eclipsing the number killed at the World Trade Centre on 9/11. In Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson lies in intensive care, believed to be the first major world leader hospitalized with the virus.

Here are the latest updates:


7.30 pm

India considers narrowing lockdown to coronavirus hotspots

India is considering plans to seal off coronavirus hotspots in Delhi, Mumbai and parts of the south while easing restrictions elsewhere as a way out of a three-week lockdown that has caused deep economic distress, officials said on Wednesday.

The sweeping clampdown in the country of 1.3 billion people to prevent an epidemic of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus, ends on April 14 and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to decide this week whether to extend it.

He told a conference of political leaders on Wednesday that several state governments had asked for an extension of the lockdown to cope with the outbreak. But he also said that India was facing serious economic challenges, according to a statement issued by his office.

Source: Reuters

7.00 pm

On shab-e-baraat, Bilawal asks people to pray at home

6.00 pm

UNHCR pays tribute to Afghan refugee doctor serving in Pakistan

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UHNCR) Representation for EU Affairs posted a tribute to the brave doctor on Twitter, saying, “At Holy Family Hospital in Rawalpindi, Afghan refugee Dr. Saleema Rehman provides a lifeline to some of the poorest people in Pakistan”.

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5.45 pm

Coronavirus death rate is 6 times lower in countries using a century-old vaccine

A recently conducted study by researchers at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) College of Osteopathic Medicine reveals that countries that have mandatory vaccination programs involving a common vaccine, called BCG, have a coronavirus death rate that’s 6 times lower than the countries that do not use it.

Invented over a century ago, Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG), helps prevent tuberculosis – a bacterial infection- by boosting the human body’s immune system. It also enables the immune system to fight many other parasitic and viral infections.

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5.17 pm

LIVE: PM Imran Khan talks to the media in Islamabad

5.15 pm

Chinese companies donate Rs 5 million in PM’s corona relief fund

5.00 pm

One more coronavirus death in Punjab

One more coronavirus death has been confirmed by the spokesperson for the Punjab’s Primary and Secondary Health Care Department.

The national toll now stands at 61.

4.30 pm

NEW CASES: Punjab 78, Balochistan 4

78 new Covid-19 cases have been reported in Punjab, taking its provincial tally to 2,108.

Balochistan also recorded 4 new cases with its tally reaching 201.

The national tally now stands at 4,204.

4.15 pm

WHO denies being ‘China-centric’ after Trump comment

World Health Organization officials on Wednesday denied that the body was “China-centric” and said that the acute phase of a pandemic was not the time to cut funding, after U.S. President Donald Trump said he would put contributions on hold.

The United States is the top donor to the Geneva-based body which Trump said had issued bad advice during the new coronavirus outbreak.

U.S. contributions to WHO in 2019 exceeded $400 million, almost double the 2nd largest member state contribution. China, in contrast, contributed $44 million.

Source: Reuters

4.00 pm

GB extends lockdown till April 21

3.45 pm

With 121 fresh fatalities, Iran toll crosses 4,000-mark

Iran’s new coronavirus death toll has climbed to 4,003 with 121 more deaths in the past 24 hours, a Health Ministry spokesman told state TV on Wednesday, adding that the total number of infections in the country has risen to 67,286.

“We had 1,997 new infected cases in the past 24 hours …. there are 3,956 infected people in critical conditions,” spokesman Kianush Jahanpur added. — Agencies

3.30 pm

Special PIA flights resume after pilot association ends strike

Pakistan Air Line Pilots Association (PALPA) has ended its strike after successful talks with Aviation Division. The latest development implies that no special flight of PIA will be delayed or canceled anymore.

Aviation Secretary, Hassan Nasir Jamy, led the talks with PALPA representatives. He assured them that their concerns related to safety measures against COVID-19 will be resolved.

Pilots and crew members of every flight will be provided Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Moreover, the planes taking the passengers abroad or bringing back stranded Pakistanis from other countries will be sprayed with disinfectants thrice.

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3.15 pm

Govt launches Mobile Utility Stores

The coronavirus lockdown has impeded the distribution of goods, especially to the far-flung areas. In such areas, people are facing difficulty in buying ration due to a lack of availability of essential household items.

In order to address this issue, the Utility Stores Corporation (USC) of Pakistan is extending its Mobile Utility Van service to far-flung areas of the country.

USC Managing Director, Umer Lodhi, announced that the facility will be started within two days.

Lodhi said that the Utility Vans will go village to village providing various food items at people’s doorsteps and provide food items on subsidized prices.

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3.00 pm

Spain records 757 coronavirus deaths, second successive rise in daily toll

2.45 pm

OPDs in KP to reopen after SC intervention

1.40 pm

Gulf states urged to unblock internet calls in response to pandemic

Human rights groups urged three Gulf Arab states Wednesday to lift bans on free internet calls to help their large migrant workforces stay in touch during the coronavirus pandemic.

Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have long blocked many voice and video calling apps on the grounds of protecting the commercial interests of state-owned telecoms utilities.

“This has caused serious problems for the people living in those countries, especially the majority of migrant workers and foreign national residents who need to connect and communicate with their families and communities overseas,” the rights groups said.

Source: AFP

1.30 pm

President Alvi visits coronavirus management cell in Lahore

1.15 pm

2 new deaths reported in Sindh

2 new coronavirus deaths have been reported in Sindh, Provincial government spokesperson Murtaza Wahab confirms.

The national Covid-19 death toll has now risen to 60.

1.10 pm

Sindh coronavirus tally crosses 1,000

After reporting of 50 new cases in Sindh, the province’s Covid-19 tally has crossed 1,000 to reach 1,036.

12.00 pm

New jobs open for KP health professionals

11.30 am

Pakistani embassy officials announce lifting of lockdown in Wuhan

11.00 am

Looking into putting a hold on the US contribution to WHO: Trump

10.30 am

Twitter CEO to donate $1 billion to fund COVID-19 relief

Jack Dorsey, the CEO of both Twitter and digital payments platform Square, said on Tuesday that he will donate $1 billion worth of equity in Square to his Start Small LLC to fund COVID-19 relief around the world.

Dorsey made the announcement in a tweet, revealing that the sum equates to roughly 28 percent of his current net worth, or about $3.6 billion. The announcement marks the most significant philanthropic effort from the 43-year-old tech executive in his career.

10.00 am

China’s Wuhan lockdown ends, but another begins as local coronavirus cases rise

The Chinese city where the coronavirus epidemic first broke out, Wuhan, ended a two-month lockdown on Wednesday, but a northern town started restricting the movement of its residents amid concerns of a second wave of infections in mainland China.

China sealed off Wuhan, a city of 11 million people, in late January to stop the spread of the virus. Over 50,000 people in Wuhan caught the virus, and more than 2,500 of them died, about 80% of all deaths in China, according to official figures.

Source: Reuters

9.00 am

KP reports 1 more death, 27 new cases

As many as 27 new cases were added to KP’s virus tally taking it to 527 so far.

Another death was also reported in the province with its toll now reading 18.

4.00 am

1 more death, 26 new cases recorded in Punjab

Another coronavirus patient has died in Punjab. The deceased was a 42-year-old man who lost his fight at Lahore’s Jinnah Hospital.

The province has also recorded another 26 confirmed cases taking its virus tally to 2,030, a spokesperson for the Punjab health department confirms.


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