At least 186 people have been infected with the novel coronavirus in Pakistan with a sharp rise of 131 cases in just 24 hours.
Islamabad| Novel coronavirus continues to spread in Pakistan as the number of affected persons has shot up to 186. Majority of the total confirmed cases came from Sindh.
At least 146 people have been tested coronavirus positive in the high and dry province of Pakistan. Recent cases have been reported from provinces like Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, Punjab and Balochistan.
Majority of coronavirus positive cases reported from Pakistan are the pilgrims who have returned from Iran to Pakistan via Taftan border. According to an India Today report, the number of coronavirus positive cases is likely to rise in Pakistan.
According to government data, no deaths have been reported due to the pandemic.
The rise in the number of coronavirus positive cases in Pakistan was confirmed by Murtaza Wahab, Advisor to the Chief Minister of Sindh. Wahab called the increase in coronavirus positive cases an “exponential increase” in a tweet. “The total number of ppl affected by coronavirus in Sindh has reached 146. Out of this, 119 are Zaireen who are being kept in Sukkur, 26 are in Khi & 1 is in Hyd. This exponential increase is largely due to the recent inflow of ppl brought in from Taaftaan after a purported quarantine. ”
Apart from Wahab, the health Minister of the Khyber Pukhtunkhwa province Taimur Khan Jhagra has also confirmed the rise in COVID-19 positive cases in Pakistan.
“Just received news that 15 out of 19 individuals received in K-P from Taftan have tested positive for Coronavirus.
These are the first positive cases in K-P. They are being well looked after in quarantine in an isolated facility in DI Khan. More details soon,” he maintained.
Over 16,000 Pakistanis were in Iran when the coronavirus began taking a toll there, according to Pakistani media reports. Till Monday, 853 people were dead and 14,991 infected in Iran, the third most affected country by the pandemic.
According to the media reports people are not being satisfactorily screened for coronavirus or treated for existing conditions in many areas.
The deadly virus, which originated in China’s Wuhan city in December, has claimed over 6,500 lives and infected more than 169,000 people over 135 countries and territories.
China remains the hardest-hit with 80,860 infections and 3,213 deaths. After China, Italy and Iran are the two worst-affected countries.
(With inputs from agencies)
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