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Coronavirus Update: Infection toll passes 40,000 in Pakistan


Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

17th May, 2020
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The number of confirmed cases in Pakistan due to novel coronavirus also known as COVID-19 has passed the tally of 40, 000 with 873 deaths.

According to the latest figures by National Command and Operations Centre  (NCOC) in the past 24 hours, at least 39 people battling for their lives could stand against the deadly virus, taking the national toll to 873.

Sindh remains the worst-hit province by the pandemic followed by Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.

Till now 14,584 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Punjab, 15,590 in Sindh, 5,847 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 2,544 in Balochistan, 947 in Islamabad, 527 in Gilgit-Baltistan and 112 in Azad Kashmir. The federal capital Islamabad recorded 26 new cases, while nine were detected in GB. AJK recorded four new cases.

Patients are under treatment at quarantine centers of 462 hospitals where 7,295 beds are available. Pakistan has so far conducted 373,410 coronavirus tests and 14,175 in last 24 hours. 11,341 coronavirus patients have recovered in the country whereas many are in critical condition. Pakistan recorded 461 recoveries in the past 24 hours.

On the other hand, Sindh Information Minister Nasir Hussain Shah has said if Pakistan had imposed a very strict lockdown for about two weeks as Sindh had suggested, instead of giving confused signals to people, it would have been in a better situation to deal with this global pandemic today. Nasir Hussain Shah advised federal ministers to focus on serving the people in distress, instead of making baseless allegations against the Sindh government. Shah added that federal government spokespersons’ entire focus was on defaming the Sindh government, instead of creating awareness among the people regarding the prevention against coronavirus.

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