Situation Report: 1,841 New Cases, 36 Deaths Reported in 24 Hours

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 43,966 on Sunday after new infections were confirmed in the country.

The province-wise break up of the total number of cases as of 9:40am, May 19, is as follows:

Total confirmed cases: 43,966

  • Sindh: 17,241
  • Punjab: 15,976
  • Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 6,230
  • Balochistan: 2,820
  • Islamabad Capital Territory: 1,034
  • Gilgit-Baltistan: 550
  • AJK: 115

Deaths: 939

  • Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 334
  • Sindh: 280
  • Punjab: 273
  • Balochistan: 38
  • Gilgit-Baltistan: 4
  • Islamabad Capital Territory: 9
  • AJK: 1

Officials have recorded more than 4.8 million cases and more than 317,000 deaths since the virus emerged in China in December.

11:30am – Multan, Pakistan — Transporters in Multan protest against reduced fares 

Transporters in Multan are protesting at the city’s general bus stand against the Punjab government’s decision to reduce fares because of the coronavirus.

The transporters have also demanded the government provide masks and sanitizers to those coming in the busses. 

11:10am – Lahore, Pakistan — Minister assures minorities are following SOPs in Punjab

Punjab Minister for Minorities Ijaz Masih informed the provincial chief secretary that the minority communities are ensuring that government announced SOPs are followed.

During the meeting, the chief secretary also assured the minister of full cooperation to his ministry.

10:55am – Multan, Pakistan — Wafaq ul Madaris urges scholars to organise themselves

The Wafaq ul Madaris called on the religious leadership to sit together and organise themselves from scratch, vowing that the ulema will always play their part in promoting the role of religion on society and defeating efforts to stoke sectarianism in the country.

The coronavirus pandemic has been used to stoke sectarian tensions and provoke people, said a joint press release from the Wafaq ul Madaris Al Arabia Pakistan on Wednesday.

The ulema said that the behaviour exhibited by government officials and representatives as well as the targeting of the religious leadership was condemnable.

“Coronavirus was used to stoke sectarian tensions and provocations,” read the press release, giving credit to the country’s religious leadership for its efforts to make those efforts in vain.

10:40am – Washington, USA — Trump says he is taking hydroxychloroquine

President Donald Trump on Monday made the surprise announcement that he is taking hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug that his own government experts say is not suitable for fighting the novel coronavirus.

Trump, noting that he has tested negative for the virus and shows no symptoms, said he’d been taking the drug as a preventative measure for about a week and a half.

“I take a pill every day,” he said, adding that he combines this with zinc.

Asked why, he said: “Because I think it’s good. I’ve heard a lot of good stories.”

Trump has shown interest for weeks in promoting the use of hydroxychloroquine, even if some doctors think it does not work for coronavirus patients and US government regulators warn it has “not been shown to be safe.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said it’s “not a good idea” for Trump to be taking the drug as a potential treatment for the coronavirus.

“I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group and in his, shall we say, weight group, which is morbidly obese, they say,” Pelosi said during an appearance on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360.”

“So, I think that it’s not a good idea,” she added.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called Trump’s decision to take the drug “reckless.”

“It gives people false hope, has people avoid real medical attention, and can actually cause them trouble. It is just dangerous what he did,” Schumer said on MSNBC.

Trump’s latest remarks came out of the blue, immediately grabbing headlines on a day when US deaths from COVID-19 topped 90,000 people — almost a third of the total world toll.

“You’d be surprised at how many people are taking it, especially the front-line workers, before you catch it. The front-line workers — many, many are taking it. I happen to be taking it,” he let slip to reporters attending a White House meeting devoted to the struggling restaurant industry.

“I’m taking it, hydroxychloroquine, right now, yeah. A couple of weeks ago, I started taking it,” he said.

9:50am – Islamabad, Pakistan — PM meets laid off labourers

9:40am — Islamabad, Pakistan — Coronavirus death toll hits 939

Death toll from the novel coronavirus climbed to 939 after new deaths were reported across the country.

According to the national dashboard, two new deaths were reported in Islamabad and one in Balochistan in the last 24 hours.

9:50am — Islamabad, Pakistan — Islamabad, AJK, Balochistan report new cases

Confirmed cases in the country rose to 43,966 after new cases were detected in Islamabad, Balochistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

According to the national dashboard, 128 new cases were recorded in Balochistan, while 37 new cases were recorded in the federal capital, and 3 new cases were recorded in AJK.

So far 17,241 cases have been recorded in Sindh, 15,976 in Punjab, 6,320 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 2820 in Balochistan, 1,034 in Islamabad, 550 in Gilgit Baltistan and 115 in Azad Kashmir.

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