In Pakistan, Sindh, Islamabad and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provinces, the number of infected people has risen to 294 with new cases of coronavirus infection being reported. Most of these cases are related to zerions coming from Iran. Four new cases have been registered in Islamabad, nine in Sindh and three in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. According to The Express Tribune news, Sindh is the most affected province in Pakistan with 181 cases while Punjab has 26, 19 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, eight in Islamabad, three in Gilgit-Baltistan.
— The Express Tribune (@etribune) March 18, 2020Advertisement
While the Balochistan government has reported a total of 16 cases, in contrast, the federal government has given 15 numbers of the infected. Most of the cases of Covid-19 in the most affected province in Pakistan are related to zerions returned from Iran while less than half a dozen cases are of local infection. Pakistan shares a border of about 960 kilometers with Iran, with the main location coming from Taftan in Balochistan province.
Quarantine established in Multan for 3,000 suspected patients of corona virus.
Can be extended to 6,000!
— PTI (@PTIofficial) March 18, 2020
The Taftan border was closed from March 16, but thousands of Shia Pakistanis returned from pilgrimage sites in Iran were granted entry, with the condition of being separated for two weeks. Pakistan has so far screened more than 1,015,900 passengers since the first case of coronavirus in the country. About 20,088 passengers have been screened in the last 24 hours.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, nurses of Sheikh Zayed Nursing College protested against the administration, refusing to provide services in the wake of the coronavirus emergency. The nurses accused the administration of forcibly working in the hospital without taking appropriate measures to prevent the virus.
At the same time, President of the Grand Health Alliance (GHA) Salman Hasib said that sick people should go to the hospital only if they are in critical condition. Haseeb, a representative of the junior doctors, also said that he would stop services in the emergency ward if he was not given the kit (rescue related to Corona). However, Punjab Health Minister Yasmin Rashid termed the strike by the young doctors as an exception.
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