13 Quarantined Pilgrims Tested Positive for COVID-19 in Sukkur as Pakistan’s Tally Hits 51

The total number in Sindh to 34 and Pakistan to 51, 13 pilgrims arriving from Taftan in Sukkur is positive for Sunday’s novel coronavirus.

“So far 13 people have tested positive of #COVIDー19 from amongst the people who arrived in Sukkur from Taaftaan. These people were purportedly kept in quarantine at the border,” said Sindh government spokesperson Mutaza Wahab in a tweet from his official handle.

Action Plan to Contain Outbreak

It was decided to close borders with Iran and Afghanistan, allow only three airports Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore to operate international flights in limited numbers while other airports will see domestic flights, and ban public gatherings.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has been tasked to coordinate with provincial governments and lead the fight against novel coronavirus. It was also decided to close all educational institutions until April 5.

In a first, the Pakistan Day parade on March 23 have also been cancelled.

The Sindh government has banned public gatherings, shut down educational institutions, postponed religious celebrations and closed shrines, marriage halls, cinemas, gyms, social clubs etc. Punjab government is said to have made a similar decision.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the education institutions have been closed till April 5 and suspended wedding activities around the province.

Balochistan has also limited activities and closed educational institutions till March end.

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