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Tuesday Apr 07 2020
Web Desk

PM Imran, Erdogan express resolve to fight coronavirus together

Web Desk
PM Imran and President Erdogan shake hands during the former's visit to Turkey. Photo by: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan and Turkish President Erdogan on Tuesday resolved to fight the coronavirus pandemic together, as confirmed cases of the infection continue to rise in both countries. 

According to Radio Pakistan, the PM Imran offered his condolences to Erdogan over the deaths caused by the coronavirus in Turkey. The two leaders spoke to each other in a telephonic conversation. 

"Pakistan and Turkey have agreed to work together and reinforce each other's efforts in the fight against COVID-19," read a post on Radio Pakistan. 

PM Imran thanked Erdogan for the facilities extended by the government of Turkey to stranded Pakistanis. He expressed Pakistan's "abiding support and solidarity with Turkey" and recognised Ankara's efforts in battling the pandemic. 

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 4,007 today after new infections were confirmed in the country.

More than 650 people have died in Turkey with the country reporting over 30,000 coronavirus cases on Tuesday.

The worldwide number of officially confirmed fatalities from the novel coronavirus now stands at above 75,000, according to an AFP tally.

More than 1 million declared cases have been registered in 200 countries and territories since the epidemic first emerged in China in December. Of these cases, at least 253,000 are now considered recovered.