The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Pakistan rose to 1408 after more people tested positive in all provinces of country and 11 deaths reported.
Punjab is on the top list of coronavirus cases 490, then Sindh 457, 133 in Balochistan, 180 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 107 in Gilgit-Baltistan, 39 in Islamabad; and 02 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. On other hand 25 patients have been recovered from coronavirus.
One more person died of the novel coronavirus in Punjab, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar confirmed, increasing the provincial tally to five and the national count to 11.
CM Buzdar tweet about corona cases in Punjab
With heavy heart, I am confirming that we have lost a 22 years old patient in Faisalabad. Total loss of lives is at 5 now. Currently we have 490 confirmed cases across Punjab.This is a global health emergency and everybody needs to act responsibly and help us save lives. 1/2
— Usman Buzdar (@UsmanAKBuzdar) March 27, 2020
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Breaking down the provincial tally he said that the most cases were reported in Dera Ghazi Khan’s quarantine facility.“Details: DGK quarantine 207 cases, Multan quarantine 46, Lahore 115, Gujrat 48, Gujranwala 9, Jhelum 19, Rawalpindi 14, Multan 3, Faisalabad 10, DGK 5, Mandibahuddin 3, Sargodha 2, Nankanasahib 2 & Mianwali 2 and Narowal, RYK, Attock, Bahawalnagar & Khushab have one case each,” he said.
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Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday announced the launch of a youth force labelled “corona relief tigers” which will lead the fight against the coronavirus in Pakistan.
“Recruitment for corona relief tigers will formally begin on March 31. We are calling upon all volunteers,” said the premier during a special briefing to the media.
IMF working on emergency coronavirus fund request
The International Monetary Fund was working on Pakistan’s request for emergency funds to deal with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, its managing director said in a statement issued Friday, adding that it appreciated the country’s swift move to offer relief response to the people.
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In her latest statement, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva noted how Pakistan was working to resolve its economic challenges, lauding Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government for speedily giving the green signal to a relief package worth Rs1.2 trillion, as well as the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) for its “timely set of measures”.
British PM Boris tested positive for coronavirus
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus and is self-isolating at his Downing Street residence but said he would still lead the government’s response to the accelerating outbreak.
Johnson, 55, experienced mild symptoms on Thursday – a day after he answered at the prime minister’s weekly question-and-answer session in parliament’s House of Commons chamber.