Situation Report: Pakistan Reports 1,430 New Cases, 33 Deaths in 24 Hours

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 37,218 on Friday after new infections were confirmed in the country.

Total confirmed cases: 37,218

  • Sindh: 14,099
  • Punjab: 13,914
  • Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 5,423
  • Balochistan: 2,310
  • Islamabad Capital Territory: 866
  • Gilgit-Baltistan: 501
  • AJK: 105

Deaths: 803

  • Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 284
  • Sindh: 243
  • Balochistan: 30
  • Gilgit-Baltistan: 4
  • Punjab: 234
  • Islamabad Capital Territory: 7
  • AJK: 1

Officials have recorded more than 4.43 million cases and more than 300,000 deaths since the virus emerged in China in December.

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10:30am – Islamabad, Pakistan — Fawad Chaudhry decides not to attend virtual session after reporters, senators test positive

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has decided not to attend the ongoing National Assembly sessions after three reporters and two lawmakers tested positive for the virus.

“On the request of deputy speaker, I had decided to attend today’s parliament session but three parliamentary reporters and two senators have tested positive for the virus,” said the minister in a tweet. He added that it was evident that the reporters had contracted the virus from the Parliament building.

10:00am – Islamabad, Pakistan — American drug company to manufacture coronavirus drug in Pakistan: SAPM Dr Zafar Mirza 

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza announced on Friday that an American company which has developed a drug for coronavirus patients has agreed to manufacture it in Pakistan.

Dr Mirza, in a press conference, announced that American company Gilead has given a voluntary licence to five companies and one of them is a Pakistani drug manufacturing company

“Prime Minister Imran Khan held a video conference with Gilead on March 7 and convinced them that they should manufacture the drug in Pakistan,” said the SAPM. He added that in the coming weeks Pakistan will register the drug in the next six weeks and the production will start in eight weeks.

SAPM Dr Mirza shared that Pakistan will also export this drug to 127 countries once the production starts.

Dr Mirza stated that the drug is called Remdesivir and the trials conducted in the US showed that the drug led to a 30% decrease in coronavirus patients.

Adviser to Prime Minister on Commerce Abdul Razzak Dawood stated that it was a big day for Pakistan and was in line with the government’s strategy to diversify the country’s exports.

“Our trade and investment offices will be informed at once about this and will be included in their economic strategy,” said Dawood.

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Sindh to be under complete lockdown till 3pm: Nasir Shah

Sindh Information Minister Nasir Shah announced that a complete lockdown will be in place across the province till 3pm today.

“Vegetable, milk shops, general and medical stores will also remain closed till 3pm,” said the minister. He clarified that no businesses will be allowed to operate till 3pm in the province.

Islamabad, AJK report new cases

Confirmed cases in the country rose to 37,218 after new cases were detected in Islamabad and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

According to the national dashboard, 44 new cases were recorded in the federal capital while 14 new cases were recorded in AJK.

So far 14,099 cases have been recorded in Sindh, 13,914 in Punjab, 5,423 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 2,310 in Balochistan, 866 in Islamabad, 501 in Gilgit Baltistan and 105 in Azad Kashmir.

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