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Thursday Mar 26 2020
Web Desk

Pakistan's confirmed coronavirus cases top 1,200

Web Desk
Men walk with faces covered with protective masks as they navigate a sidewalk in Karachi, Pakistan. Photo: — Reuters

ISLAMABAD/KARACHI: Punjab on Thursday reported another death while several fresh coronavirus cases were reported from across Pakistan, raising the country's total death toll to nine and the tally of infected individuals to 1,201.

Sindh reported eight new cases, of which seven were from Karachi and one in Hyderabad, taking the provincial aggregate to 421.

Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) reported one new case, increasing the region's total to two.

Gilgit-Baltistan reported seven new cases, taking its toll to 91.

Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar put the province's total tally at 408.

Earlier, the national dashboard had reported five new cases in Islamabad, taking the total to 25.

Meanwhile, Balochistan also reported 12 new cases in the province, taking the provincial tally to 131. 

In KP, according to a report by the KP Health Department, 43 new cases were reported, taking the provincial tally to 121.

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Deaths from virus

On Tuesday, Punjab had reported its first death from the virus. 

On Sunday, Balochistan had reported its first death, a 65-year-old man, who had been under treatment at the Fatima Jinnah Chest Hospital.

Earlier, a doctor from Gilgit-Baltistan, who had been fighting against the virus on the frontlines, was reported as the fifth casualty.

On Sunday, March 22, Adviser to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister on Information Ajmal Wazir had announced the country’s fourth death from the virus.

On March 20, Pakistan had recorded its third death from the virus. Sindh Health Minister Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho had confirmed the death of a 77-year-old COVID-19 patient in the province.

Two patients from KP who tested positive for the coronavirus were reported as the country’s first two deaths.