LAHORE: With the emergence of 22 new cases, Pakistan’s coronavirus tally rose to 2708 on Saturday.
According to the national database, Punjab and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) reported three cases each while Sindh and Islamabad announced nine and seven fresh cases respectively.
With one new death today, the death toll stands at 39. Some 135 patients have completely recovered so far, according to the database.
Observers believe the government has so far succeeded in restricting the unconfined spread of the spread though partial lockdowns and other precautionary measures.
SUSPECT PASSES AWAY IN SAHIWAL:
A suspected coronavirus case died in Sahiwal’s DHQ Teaching Hospital. However, the cause of death is yet to be verified.
According to a publication which cited hospital sources, the patient’s relatives did not share his travel history with the hospital. Sources said that the patient was kept in a public ward with other patients despite visible coronavirus symptoms, raising suspicions that he may have passed on the virus during the treatment.
“All the people, including the hospital staff, who came in his contact during the period have been isolated until further reports,” the publication said.
Following the patient’s demise, the staff at the hospital’s ICU was sprayed with disinfectant.
ICT LAUNCHES CRACKDOWN ON LOCKDOWN VIOLATORS, PRICE GOUGERS:
The Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), as part of its crackdown against lockdown violations, arrested 424 people for violating Section 144. 121 cases were registered against those who violated existing laws in place.
Additionally, dozens of shopkeepers were also arrested for price gouging. Dozens of those arrested have been sent to jail on judicial remand, it emerged.
GOVT TAKING MEASURES TO CONTAIN FURTHER SPREAD: QADRI
Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri said that the government was taking effective measures to control the further spread.
Qadri was addressing media after handing over medical equipment to the administration of DHQ hospital in KP’s Landi Kotal district. The equipment included 30 thermal scanners, 80,000 surgical masks in addition to PPE kits, sanitisers and gloves.
Speaking on the occasion, the minister said Prime Minister Imran Khan was continuously working to defeat the coronavirus, adding that the government was exhausting all available resources to control the epidemic.
Qadri said the nation faced all challenges, including the devastated 2005 earthquake and 2010 floods, with courage and will come out of the crisis stronger.
PAF AIRCRAFT FLIED PILGRIMS TO SKARDU:
Earlier in the day, a C-130 aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) carried a number of pilgrims from Dalbandin to Skardu.
These pilgrims had been kept at a makeshift arrangement at Taftan.
The people, upon return, thanked PAF for arranging a special flight for them to return home.
It merits a mention here that the air force’s transport fleet is actively involved in the government’s relief efforts and has brought significant medical supplies from Beijing, donated by both the Chinese government and the corporate sector.