Coronavirus updates, March 19: Pakistan’s coronavirus tally climbs to 297, two deaths in KP

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The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government has confirmed Pakistan’s first two COVID-19 deaths in Mardan and Peshawar, as total number of novel coronavirus infections, with 19 fresh cases in Balochsitan, rose to 297 in the country on Wednesday.

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K-P CM’s Adviser on Information Ajmal Khan Wazir said the first deceased, a 50-year-old patient identified as Saadat Khan, had arrived from Saudi Arabia on March 9.The deceased’s coronavirus test, he said, came positive yesterday (March 17). He hailed from Manga village, the adviser added.

Sad to report one patient who passed away in Mardan.
— Taimur Khan Jhagra (@Jhagra) March 18, 2020
The second patient, a 36-year-old man from Hangu, had arrived in the country from Turkey via Dubai, said Wazir. He was also tested positive yesterday, he added.
K-P Health Minister Taimur Khan Jhagra confirmed the two deaths on Twitter.

Sadly, a second patient in LRH Peshawar, a 36 yr old, from Hangu, has also passed away, from the Corona Virus.
— Taimur Khan Jhagra (@Jhagra) March 18, 2020
Jhagra also urged the masses not to indulge in social media debates as to which province beat the other in dealing with the coronavirus cases.
“There will be time to discuss which province beat the other. And to analyse every decision everyone has made. But today, none of that analysis will help the people of Pakistan do what they need to. Stay at home if you can. Protect the elderly. It’s time to show leadership,” he wrote.
Dr Zafar Mirza, the de facto national health minister, confirmed the first fatality from his official Twitter handle.
“With deep regret I confirm the death of first Pakistani due to #coronavirus. A 50-year-old male from Mardan recently returned from Umra, developed fever, cough & breathing difficulty and tested +ve for corona virus. Contacts are being screened. Our condolences to the family,” he wrote.

With deep regret I confirm the death of first Pakistani due to #coronavirus. A 50 yr old male from Mardan recently returned from Umra, developed fever, cough & breathing difficulty and tested +ve for corona virus. Contacts are being screened. Our condolences to the family. <262>
— Zafar Mirza (@zfrmrza) March 18, 2020
The province-wide break up of cases are as follows:
Total confirmed cases: 297• Sindh: 208
• Punjab: 33
• Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 19
• Balochistan: 16
• Islamabad Capital Territory: 7
• Gilgit-Baltistan: 13
• AJK: 1
Globally, 164 countries have been affected, more than 8,200 people have died and more than 200,000 infected by the disease as it spreads rapidly to new territories.
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The epicentre of the outbreak has now shifted to Europe, which is recording a rapid rise in new cases every day.
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According to the health ministry, the new cases were reported in the northeastern Punjab, southern Sindh and northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) provinces.
FM QURESHI MULLS SELF-ISOLATED QUARANTINE POST CHINA VISIT
The foreign minister further said he would go under five-day isolation after his trip to China.
“Before leaving for China we had a swab test done which came back negative,” Qureshi said.
“When we reached China, a blood and swab test was done which also came back negative and only after that we had our meetings. Before leaving, another blood test was conducted whose result will come out today,” Qureshi said.
 

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