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March 17: Pakistan’s tally of Covid-19 cases rises to 184 after more patients tested positive in KP

According to the health ministry, the new cases were reported in the northeastern Punjab, southern Sindh and northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) provinces.
“The total number of people affected by corona virus in Sindh has reached 146. Out of this, 119 are Zaireen [pilgrims] who are being kept in Sukkur, 26 are in Karachi & 1 is in Hyderabad,” Murtaza Wahab, a provincial government spokesman in Sindh, said in a tweet.

Total number of ppl affected by corona virus 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 qurantine
— SenatorMurtaza Wahab (@murtazawahab1) March 16, 2020
This increase is largely due to the recent inflow of people from Taaftaan after a purported quarantine.
Back on Sunday, Punjab had reported its first case, while the Sindh government had reported 18 new cases (13 from Sukkur and five from Karachi). One new case was also reported from Islamabad.
Globally, 158 countries have been affected, more than 6,500 people have died and more than 170,000 infected by the disease called ‘COVID-19’ as it spreads rapidly to new territories.
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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The meeting was also attended by the chief ministers of all four provinces through video link.
The prime minister was briefed on the implementation of the steps which were decided last week during the National Security Committee’s meeting.

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said Monday the coronavirus cases in Pakistan would increase in the coming days but advised that there was no need to panic as the provincial government was taking action to contain the infection.
Addressing a press conference a few hours after Sindh reported its 76th case, he said: “The coronavirus cases will increase. However, it is not necessary that everyone has to be brought to the hospital.”
The chief minister noted that at least 25 people who were diagnosed with the infection were undergoing treatment in various hospitals of the province. He went on to disclose the travel history of those who were infected with the virus.
“11 more people have tested positive for the coronavirus,” Shah said. “According to the information I have received, eight cases [of the coronavirus] in Sindh were originated from Syria,” he said.
“Three patients had a travel history to Dubai, three to Iran, and five patients had travelled to Saudi Arabia,” he said, adding that the information about Saudi Arabia was not fully confirmed.
Shah said one patient who contracted the virus had travelled to Qatar, while another had gotten infected in Balochistan. “Only five cases of local transmission of the infection have taken place but I think there may be more cases [of local transmission],” he said.
The chief minister lamented that “after shutting down schools people went to sea view” and that he could not “close everything, people also have to play their role”.
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The National Coordination Committee on the Coronavirus is also going to consider closing off Sindh from the rest of Pakistan by sealing its interprovincial borders.
“All decisions taken [in this meeting] have to be implemented without exception,” the prime minister ordered. “The nation needs to be updated and informed regarding the coronavirus on a daily basis.”
“The public needs to be educated if we are to counter speculation and fake news,” he said. “Every person will have to act responsibly in the days ahead.”
“I will address the nation soon. We need to fight the coronavirus, not be scared by it.”
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Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday chaired a meeting of the National Coordination Committee (NCC) for COVID-19 and reviewed the measures taken by the government to curb the coronavirus epidemic.
Minister for Religious Affairs Noor-ul-Haq Qadri, Interior Minister Ijaz Shah, Adviser on Finance Hafeez Sheikh, Special Assistant on National Health Services Dr Zafar Mirza, Special Assistant on Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan, Special Assistant for Overseas Pakistanis Syed Zulfiqar Abbass Bukhari and others were present on the occasion.
All chief ministers also attended the meeting via video link and briefed the prime minister over the measures taken by provincial authorities.
Dr Zafar briefed the participants about the current situation in the country.



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