Pakistan confirms seventh coronavirus case

In this photo, Pakistani medical staff are seen taking part in a drill as a preventative measures for coronavirus in Peshawar, Pakistan. (AP)
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Updated 15 March 2020

Pakistan confirms seventh coronavirus case

  • The middle-aged patient is a resident of the southern metropolis of Karachi
  • Pakistan opened its land border with Iran on Sunday after a two week closure

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s southern Sindh province confirmed its fourth case of the novel coronavirus on Sunday, taking the national tally to seven cases, according to the Sindh health department.
“A 50 year old diagnosed with coronavirus today is the fourth case [in the province],” Meeran Yousuf, spokesperson of the provincial health department told Arab News and said authorities were still confirming the travel history of the patient.
The new patient belongs to the southern metropolis of Karachi, a handout from the Sindh Chief Minister’s office said, with the CM directing the provincial health department to isolate all people and family members who came into contact with the newly diagnosed patient.
On Sunday, Pakistan re-opened its land border at Taftan with Iran after a two week closure as part of containment efforts, when numbers of infected and fatalities from the virus in Iran skyrocketed. On the same day, Iran reported 49 deaths in 24 hours-- the highest country death toll in a single day recorded since the virus outbreak.
Several measures have been taken by Pakistan to limit the spread of the disease from neighboring Iran, with isolation units set up in the southwestern province of Balochistan to screen people returning from Iran. Those testing positive for the virus are then placed under quarantine for a period of two weeks.


Two more lawmakers with virus die in Pakistan as new cases spike

Updated 03 June 2020

Two more lawmakers with virus die in Pakistan as new cases spike

  • Critics accuse government of easing restrictions when stricter lockdown was needed 
  • Pakistan has recorded a total of 76,512 confirmed cases and 1,688 deaths since February

KARACHI:  Two Pakistani lawmakers have died after testing positive for the coronavirus amid a spike in COVID-19 cases and deaths.
Officials said Tuesday that Munir Khan Orakzai, a lawmaker in the lower house of parliament, died in northwest Pakistan. They said a minister in the southern Sindh province, Ghulam Murtaza Baloch, died at a hospital in the port city of Karachi.
Their deaths came weeks after the first virus-related death of a lawmaker in Pakistan took place in the eastern city of Lahore.
Pakistan on Tuesday reported 78 deaths in the past 24 hours from the country’s outbreak.
Critics blame Prime Minister Imran Khan for an increase in deaths and infections. They accuse him of easing restrictions last month at a time when there was a need to enforce a stricter lockdown to contain the spread of the virus.
Pakistan has recorded a total of 76,512 confirmed cases and 1,688 deaths since February.