The figure show Sindh at the top with 208 confirmed cases of coronavirus, 34 cases in Punjab, 19 cases in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, 23 in Balochistan, two cases in Islamabad and 16 in Gilgit-Baltistan.
LAHORE: News-March 18th, 2020) The tally of Coronavirus in Pakistan reached to 301, with Sindh at the top with 208 cases in different cities here on Thursday.
The latest reports from the hospitals said that eight more cases emerged in Punjab this morning, reaching the tally in Punjab to 34. The officials say that there 19 confirmed cases in both KPK, 23 in Balochistan,two cases in Islamabad and 16 in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Sindh is at the top where Information Minister Nasir Shah said that lockdown could be imposed if the situation worsened due to the virus. He said the government could impose curfew to stop the movement of the public to control the virus.
President Arif Alvi who returned from official visit of China said: “My visit to China on invitation of President Xi Jinping was to show solidarity with China in stressful times, appreciate their outstanding effort to contain Coronavirus & for taking good care of students in Wuhan. How to #iFightCorona War in Pakistan was discussed in great detail,”.
My visit to China on invitation of President Xi Jinping was to show solidarity with China in stressful times, appreciate their outstanding effort to contain Coronavirus & for taking good care of students in Wuhan. How to #iFightCorona War in Pakistan was discussed in great detail https://t.co/n5374FD3Po
— Dr. Arif Alvi (@ArifAlvi) March 18, 2020
On Tuesday, the PM warned the nation that Coronavirus would spread but they should not be panic and afraid of it, saying that the government and the public both could defeat it through collective effort and support.
Addressing the nation, Prime Minister said that Coronavirus was dangerous for aged people or for those who had already been suffering from lungs problem.
“ Aap ne Ghabrana nahi hey. (You need to be afraid of it,” he said. “We are Muslims and it is our belief that life and death are in the hands of Allah,”. He also appreciated the efforts of doctors, nurses and other staff at this difficult time, saying that the government would help them in their jihad against Coronavirus. The PM said that he understood the problems of the overseas Pakistanis at this hour, especially of the students who trapped in Wuhan—the place from where Coronavirus originated.
“97 per cent of affectees got recovered from the virus and there were only three to four persons who went into trouble and needed medical emergency,” said Prime Minister in his speech.
He said the government was ready and prepared to cope with the virus and also paid tribute to Balochistan government and the Pakistan Army for ensuring that pilgrims arriving from Taftan were quarantined. He said they could not afford to shut down the entire country as the circumstances were not in its favor. The US, Italy and England reaced to the virus but at later stage and their approach was different.
“We also did planning from January 25 as we came to know about it when it spread in China,” said the PM, adding that they knew that it would come to Pakistan and therefore, they screened over 900,000 passengers.