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K-P reports second COVID-19 fatality

The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa authorities has confirmed Pakistan’s first two COVID-19 deaths in Mardan and Peshawar, as complete variety of novel coronavirus infections, with 5 recent circumstances in Punjab, rose to 299 within the nation on Wednesday.

k-P CM’s Adviser on Info Ajmal Khan Wazir stated the primary deceased, a 50-year-old affected person recognized as Saadat Khan, had arrived from Saudi Arabia on March 9.

The deceased’s coronavirus take a look at, he stated, got here constructive yesterday (March 17). He hailed from Manga village, the adviser added.

The second affected person, a 36-year-old man from Hangu, had arrived within the nation from Turkey through Dubai, stated Wazir. He was additionally examined constructive yesterday, he added.

k-P Well being Minister Taimur Khan Jhagra confirmed the 2 deaths on Twitter.

“Sadly, a second affected person in LRH [Lady Reading Hospital] Peshawar, a 36-year-old, from Hangu, has additionally handed away, from coronavirus,” he wrote in a separate tweet later.

Jhagra additionally urged the plenty to not take pleasure in social media debates as to which province beat the opposite in coping with the coronavirus circumstances.

“There will probably be time to debate which province beat the opposite. And to analyse each determination everybody has made. However in the present day, none of that evaluation will assist the individuals of Pakistan do what they should. Keep at dwelling should you can. Shield the aged. It’s time to indicate management,” he wrote.

Dr Zafar Mirza, the de facto nationwide well being minister, confirmed the primary fatality from his official Twitter deal with.

“With deep remorse I affirm the demise of first Pakistani because of #coronavirus. A 50-year-old male from Mardan lately returned from Umra, developed fever, cough & respiratory issue and examined +ve for corona virus. Contacts are being screened. Our condolences to the household,” he wrote.

Earlier within the day, the Gilgit-Baltistan authorities had retracted report of a suspected coronavirus demise.

The lethal pneumonia-like illness, which surfaced in China’s Hubei province late December 2019, has contaminated round 200,000 individuals globally with over almost 8,000 deaths.

The G-B dwelling secretary denied the demise report after the federal government spokesperson Faizullah Faraq confirmed it, saying the affected person belonged to Bunar space of Diamer district.

Faraq had stated 13 COVID-19 sufferers are at the moment beneath therapy within the area.

The information got here minutes after the state minister for well being, Dr Zafar Mirza, tweeted that to this point no demise has been reported from COVID-19, the respiratory sickness brought on by the novel coronavirus, in Pakistan.

There isn’t a COVID19 associated reported deaths to this point in Pakistan. Allhamdolillah,” he wrote on his official Twitter deal with on Wednesday whereas giving updates on the virus state of affairs in Pakistan.

Dr Mirza stated there are 247 confirmed COVID-19 circumstances in Pakistan. In accordance with a breakup given by him, Sindh has 183 circumstances, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 19, Balochistan, 15, Gilgit-Baltistan, 13, Punjab, 9, Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), 7, and AJK, 1.

Nonetheless, based on The News Observers tally, the full variety of COVID-19 circumstances stands at 294 with 208 circumstances in Sindh whereas Punjab has 33, Ok-P reported 19, Balochistan has 23, Islamabad two, Gilgit-Baltistan 14 and none in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, in the meantime, confirmed 5 new coronavirus circumstances within the province, pushing the provincial tally to 33.

“I can affirm that there are 33 confirmed #COVID19 sufferers in Punjab. 20 Zaireen quarantined in DG Khan examined constructive & have been shifted to hosiptal. 6 sufferers in Lahore, 5 in Multan and a pair of in Gujrat are additionally beneath therapy. Absolute best amenities r being offered to them,” he tweeted.

Spokesperson to Sindh CM Murtaza Wahab confirmed 27 new circumstances amongst pilgrims returned from Taftan border, elevating the provincial tally to 208.

As of now, he stated, there are 151 confirmed circumstances in Sukkur (all in Taftan- returned pilgrims), 56 in Karachi and one in Hyderabad.

Dr Mirza, in in the present day’s assertion, stated, “The federal govt, the provinces and all stakeholders are engaged on a struggle footing for security & well-being of the individuals of Pakistan… all sources are mobilised and measures taken for prevention and mitigation.”

A day earlier, the Punjab authorities denied the primary reported fatality of the novel coronavirus in Pakistan and urged individuals to “act accountability through the testing occasions”.

Now we have acquired take a look at stories of Imran Ali, who misplaced his life in Mayo Hospital, and his reason for demise was not COVID19. I urge everybody that these are testing occasions & we should always act responsibly..,” Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar stated in a tweet from his official deal with.

The demise was introduced on an online portal the federal well being ministry launched on Monday to maintain a observe of the unfold of the virus. The deceased affected person was beneath therapy in Lahore.

Authorities in Pakistan have screened over 1,015,900 travellers because the virus was first detected within the nation. Not less than 20,088 travellers have been screened within the final 24 hours.

Various stats

The various stats paint a dismissal image of coordination between the federal and provincial governments. Prime Minister Imran Khan’s deal with to the nation late Tuesday paid a tribute to the Balochistan authorities and Pakistan Military officers for his or her half in containing the virus on the Taftan border.

Nonetheless, Sindh authorities has come out criticising Centre for lack of foresight in quarantine preparations in Taftan the place over 9,000 pilgrims coming back from Iran had been quarantined by the Balochistan authorities in a ‘tent metropolis’.

After finishing the 14-day incubation interval, the pilgrims have been allowed to journey again to their cities. Nonetheless, Sindh and k-P despatched the pilgrims to isolation amenities in Sukkur and Dera Ismail Khan and examined them earlier than permitting additional journey. To date 134 pilgrims examined constructive in Sindh and one other 15 in k-P.

The federal authorities maintained that well being was a provincial matter beneath the 18th Modification nonetheless Pakistan Peoples Celebration (PPP) argued that border administration falls beneath Centre’s area.

Preventive measures

In its March 13 Nationwide Safety Committee assembly, Centre shaped a Novel Coronavirus Core Committee with each day conferences between federal and provincial authorities.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) authorities tasked Nationwide Catastrophe Administration Authority (NDMA) to coordinate with provincial governments and lead the combat towards novel coronavirus.

The federal authorities additionally determined to ban public gatherings, shut all instructional establishments till April 5 and cancel Pakistan Day parade on March 23. It additionally sealed borders and restricted worldwide flights operations to Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi.

Nonetheless, the NSC determination on worldwide journey was taken again on Tuesday when the federal government lifted restrictions on all airports besides Gwadar and Turbat.

In Sindh, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) authorities edged in the direction of lockdown after it closed all eating places, malls, buying centres and imposed Part 144. Solely grocery shops and pharmacies have been allowed to function.

Sindh additionally modified its educational 12 months dates after preponing summer time holidays and shut down all goverment workplaces throughout the province.

Punjab banned all public gatherings beneath Part 144 of the CrPc.

Balochistan authorities banned public gatherings, suspended biometric attendance, restricted actions and closed instructional establishments.

Ok-P additionally banned public gatherings, closed instructional establishments and directed police to make sure individuals weren’t arranging non-public occasions.

Follow The News Observerse‘s stay protection of the Covid-19 outbreak in Pakistan and the across the globe here.

Hassan Zia is an accomplished News writer & working journalist in the industry for over 5 years. At Pakistan print media he established his skills in writing and publishing multiple news stories of daily reporting beats ranging from crime, drama, business, entertainment. An activist at heart Zia believes in sensitizing audiences on issues of social justice and equality. Using powerful technique of storytelling on humanistic themes: women, children, labor, peace & diversity etc. his work underpins the causes he’s concerned about. Besides being known for his activism and community work Zia is also associated with renowned universities as a visiting faculty member for over 3 years now. His academic background is a Masters in Mass in Communication.

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