ISLAMABAD: The novel coronavirus emerged within the central China metropolis of Wuhan in direction of the top 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 worldwide frenzy. The COVID-19 respiratory sickness attributable to this mysterious contagion has thus far contaminated greater than half one million folks in 202 international locations and territories of the world greater than 40,000 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 the US. In Europe, Italy and Spain are bearing the brunt as their dying 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 getting back from Iran – one of many worst-hit international locations. After a short hiatus following the primary case, COVID-19 circumstances spiked as extra pilgrims getting back from Iran examined optimistic for the virus.
The nationwide tally of COVID-19 sufferers has crossed 2,200 with 743 circumstances in Sindh, 845 in Punjab, 169 in Balochistan, 276 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 187 in Gilgit-Baltistan, 62 in Islamabad and 9 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
The virus has thus far claimed 30 lives in Pakistan, whereas over 80 COVID-19 sufferers have absolutely recovered.
The scenario stays fluid and we’re updating stats as quickly as new figures are formally launched.