ISLAMABAD: The novel coronavirus emerged within the central China metropolis of Wuhan in the direction of the tip of final yr and proliferated to virtually the entire world inside a few months. It’s not the virulence or fatality, however the infectivity of the brand new virus – also referred to as SARS-CoV-2 – that has set off a world frenzy. The COVID-19 respiratory sickness attributable to this mysterious contagion has thus far contaminated greater than half one million individuals in 202 nations and territories of the world – greater than 30,000 of them have died and counting.
China seems to have stemmed the tide towards the viral outbreak because it has eased lockdown restrictions in Wuhan, the ground-zero of the virus, after two months, however new hotspots have emerged in Europe, Iran and america. In Europe, Italy and Spain are bearing the brunt as their loss of life toll mixed makes up greater than half of the fatalities attributable to COVID-19.
Pakistan, regardless of its shut proximity with China, remained coronavirus-free till February 26 when a younger man from Karachi examined optimistic after coming back from Iran one of many worst-hit nations. After a short hiatus following the primary case, COVID-19 cases spiked as extra pilgrims coming back from Iran examined optimistic for the virus.
The nationwide tally of COVID-19 sufferers has crossed 1,900 with 676 cases in Sindh, 676 in Punjab, 153 in Balochistan, 221 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 166 in Gilgit-Baltistan, 58 in Islamabad and 6 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
The virus has thus far claimed 26 lives in Pakistan, whereas over 65 COVID-19 sufferers have totally recovered.
The scenario stays fluid and we’re updating stats as quickly as new figures are formally launched.