Death toll rises to 230 as coronavirus infects 10,982 people across Pakistan Lockdown further extended for 4 weeks in AJK


ISLAMAMBAD: Pakistan on Thursday has reported 230 deaths from novel coronavirus while the total number of cases has surged to 10,513.

According to details, 4706 patients have been tested positive for the epidemic in Punjab, 3671 in Sindh, 1453 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 607 in Balochistan, 290 in Gilgit-Baltistan, 204 in Islamabad and 51 in Azad Kashmir.

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According to details, 4590 patients have been tested positive for the epidemic in Punjab, 3373 in Sindh, 1453 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 552 in Balochistan, 290 in Gilgit-Baltistan, 204 in Islamabad and 51 in Azad Kashmir. So far, 2337 patients have recovered in the country.  

India intensifies atrocities in IOJ&K amidst coronavirus challenge: AJK President

Islamabad, April 23 (Online): AJK President Sardar Masood Khan has said India has intensified atrocities in occupied Jammu and Kashmir amidst coronavirus challenge.

According to media reports he made the remarks during his visit to National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in Islamabad on Thursday where he met with Chairman NDMA Lieutenant General Muhammad Afzal.      

The AJK President pointed out that Kashmiri youth are being killed by the Indian occupation forces in detention centers.

Sardar Masood Khan appreciated the highly effective role being played by (NDMA) in the fight against coronavirus.

He was also appreciative of the provision of personal protective equipment to the doctors and medical staff of Azad Kashmir.

Lieutenant General Muhammad Afzal said that the testing capacity for Corona Virus is consistently being increased.

Lockdown in AJK

AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider on Thursday announced to extend coronavirus lockdown in the region for another four weeks. The decision to extend lockdown was taken in a high level meeting chaired by the prime minister.

Farooq Haider said that inter and intra-Azad Kashmir transport would remain suspended during the lockdown. A strict complete lockdown will be enforced twice in a week on Tuesday and Friday,he said adding that all sort of gatherings including marriage ceremonies will be barred during the four weeksrestriction on movement.

It is pertinent to mention here that Prime Minister Azad Jammu and Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider on Tuesday chaired a special cabinet meeting to mull over suggestions pertaining to coronavirus lockdown and Ramazan.

Cases in KPK

The situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has become even more concerning after another 30 health professionals, including doctors, tested positive for COVID-19.

According to media reports fourteen of the medical staff who has contracted the COVID-19 virus was doctors, five paramedics, and 11 other health professionals. One of the doctors is in serious condition.

11 doctors were from Peshawar whereas one each was from Bannu, Mardan, and Swat. Four of the coronavirus-positive paramedics were from Peshawar and one from Shangla. Four of the five were women.

The KP Health Department Secretary Syed Imtiaz Hussain Shah said not all of the coronavirus-positive medics were infected while on duty at the hospitals.

He said all facilities including protective gear were being provided to them, adding that a recommendation for financial assistance package to the doctors fighting the coronavirus pandemic was in the works.

The Secretary said safety and security of the doctors and health professionals is of utmost priority, all of them will be taken care of.