Saturday Mar 14, 2020
KARACHI: Another patient of the novel coronavirus emerged in Sindh on Saturday, taking the toll of affected persons to 31 across the country. This is the third reported case from the province in a single day.
The latest person diagnosed with the novel infection is a 20-year-old man with no travel history, confirmed the Sindh health department.
It was further confirmed that the patient's father had recently arrived in Karachi from the United Kingdom.
The emergence of the recent coronavirus case from Karachi raises the tally of affected persons from Sindh to 17. The health department confirmed that two persons who had earlier recovered from the infection were sent home.
Earlier today, Pakistan reported two new coronavirus cases. The first case was reported from Islamabad, while the second emerged in Sindh.
According to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) officials, the patient from the capital, a 30-year-old woman, had travelled from the US to Pakistan a few days ago.
The officials had added that the woman’s condition was critical and she had been placed on a ventilator. The woman was brought to PIMS from a private hospital.
Meanwhile, the other case emerged in Karachi.
"The patient arrived from Saudi Arabia a few days back and was tested positive today. This brings the total number of cases to 16 in Sindh out of which 2 have recovered and sent home and 14 are under treatment," said a statement by the provincial health department.
Of the remaining, five cases have been reported in Gilgit-Baltistan and one case has been reported each in Hyderabad and Quetta.
Globally, more than 5,000 people have died and more than 145,000 infected globally by COVID-19 as the disease spreads rapidly in new territories.
The epicentre of the outbreak has now shifted to Europe, which is recording a rapid rise in new cases every day.