The novel coronavirus – which originated in the central China city of Wuhan towards the end of December 2019 – has spread to all continents excluding Antarctica. The COVID-19 respiratory illness caused by the mysterious contagion has so far killed thousands of people and infected tens of thousands of others across the globe.
Though the deadly infestation has been contained by the Chinese government in Wuhan, the virus has now spread elsewhere, especially in Europe and the United States, with the World Health Organisation declaring Europe as the new epicentre of the viral disease.
Pakistan, despite its close proximity with China, remained unscathed until February 26 when a young man from Karachi tested positive for Covid-19. He had returned from Iran – one of the worst-hit countries.
After a brief pause following the first case, COVID-19 cases witnessed a sharp surge as more pilgrims returning from Iran tested positive.
The nationwide tally of COVID-19 patients has crossed 1000 with 410 cases in Sindh; 115 in Balochistan; 296 in Punjab; 117 in K-P; 80 in Gilgit-Baltistan; 15 in Islamabad; and one in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
The Balochistan government announced five new confirmed coronavirus cases, raising the tally to 115 in the province.
Balochistan government spokesperson Liaqaut Shahwani said two pilgrims and three others at the Taftan quarantine centre tested positive for the virus.
Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal said the Balochistan government is providing all resources to establish quarantine and isolation centres in the province.
He urged the masses to support government protocol and ensure the implementation of the lockdown. 11:20 am: 39 tested positive for coronavirus in Mardan
K-P Health Minister Taimur Khan Jhagra confirmed that 39 out of 46 people tested in UC Manga, Mardan are coronavirus positive.
He added that four samples were rejected and all symptoms were asymptomatic.