ISLAMABAD: COVID-19 claims six lives in Pakistan as the government has confirmed six deaths from the virus while the toll of infections surged to 875 as 394 patients have been tested positive for the epidemic in Sindh, 110 in Balochistan, 246 in Punjab, 38 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 71 in Gilgit-Baltistan, 15 in Islamabad and one in Azad Kashmir.
Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has imposed partial lockdown throughout the province for the next 14 days in order to control the spread of the virus as number of confirmed cases surged to 246 in the province.
He appealed the masses to cooperate with the police, army and law-enforcement agencies, adding that pillion riding has also been banned although families will be exempted.
The federal government on Monday called in the Pakistan Army to help in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a notification issued by the Ministry of Interior, the federal government deployed the Pakistan army across Pakistan under Article 245 of the Constitution.
The Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani tests positive as he shared a video message on Twitter, saying he had gotten his test done a day earlier which turned out to be positive.
Sindh government has imposed lockdown in the province from after the number of COVID-19 cases surged to 394.
According to details, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail said that during the lockdown, grocery and medical stores would remain open.
Following the footsteps of Sindh government, Gilgit-Baltistan government has also imposed lockdown in the province in wake of the spread of coronavirus pandemic as region’s tally rises to 71.
First Pakistani doctor dies of coronavirus as total death toll rises to six
A Pakistani doctor who screened suspected coronavirus patients died on Sunday after testing positive for the virus.
Dr Osama Riaz, who was screening pilgrims who had returned to Pakistan from Iran, tested positive on Friday.
Section 144 imposed in Islamabad to curb coronavirus outbreak
The local administration has imposed Section 144 in federal capital in a bid to curb the spread of the pandemic coronavirus on the directions of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The order said that all restaurants and food outlets, coffee shops and cafes shall remain closed at all time, however, the delivery and take away will remain functional.
Metro bus service has been suspended in Lahore until further orders on the directives of Punjab Chief Secretary to prevent further spread of deadly coronavirus across the city.
Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Monday has given one-time permission to Qatar Airlines to bring back Pakistanis stranded in Doha due to the coronavirus outbreak.
According to details, the flight will land at Islamabad airport at 8:00pm tonight.