Situation Report: Pakistan Sees its Deadliest Day Yet With 46 Deaths in 24 Hours 1932 New Patients

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 45,898 on Wednesday after new infections were confirmed in the country.

The province-wise break up of the total number of cases as of 9:20am, May 20, is as follows:

Total confirmed cases: 45,898

  • Sindh: 17,947
  • Punjab: 16,685
  • Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 6,554
  • Balochistan: 2,885
  • Islamabad Capital Territory: 1,138
  • Gilgit-Baltistan: 556
  • AJK: 133

Deaths: 986

  • Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 345
  • Sindh: 299
  • Punjab: 290
  • Balochistan: 38
  • Gilgit-Baltistan: 4•
  • Islamabad Capital Territory: 9
  • AJK: 1

Officials have recorded more than 4.9 million cases and more than 322,000 deaths since the virus emerged in China in December.

11:10am – Quetta, Pakistan — Railway official says trains will not spread coronavirus 

Divisional Superintendent of Railways Quetta Division Sameen Allah Gandapur stated that coronavirus will not spread through the trains and clarified that they were part of the economy.

The DS was speaking to the media in Quetta after the first train with passengers left the city. He thanked the passengers for their cooperation.

“Only 60% of the seats were booked so that distance is maintained,” said the DS, adding that online booking will be open till May 30.

11:00am – Islamabad, Pakistan — Asad Umar chairs NCOC meeting

10:55am – Karachi, Pakistan — SHC asks provincial govt to find a way to provide financial assistance to lawyers 

The Sindh High Court (SHC) ordered the provincial chief secretary to meet with lawyer leaders to figure out a way to provide financial assistance to the lawyers that have been facing difficulties due to the lockdown.

The SHC issued the orders in a petition filed by Sindh Bar Council and other lawyer bodies.

During the hearing, the Sindh government’s lawyer told the court that the provincial government did not have the finances to give money to the lawyers. He added that the Sindh government was already facing difficulties in paying pensions to its retired employees.

“Punjab government has also issued a fund to provide relief to the lawyers,” remarked Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar to the government’s response. 

10:20am – Train service resumes in Pakistan  


10:15am – Washington, USA — US borders with Canada, Mexico closed another month

The US government on Tuesday extended for another month restrictions on non-essential travel across the borders with Canada and Mexico to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The US Department of Homeland Security said the closure, first ordered on March 20 and due to expire Wednesday, will be extended until June 22 and reviewed every 30 days.

“Non-essential travel will not be permitted until this administration is convinced that doing so is safe and secure,” said interim DHS chief Chad Wolf.

“We have been in contact with our Canadian and Mexican counterparts and they also agree that extending these restrictions is prudent at this time. We appreciate our partnership with Mexico and Canada in ensuring that North America is working together to combat the ongoing global pandemic,” he said.

In Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced earlier that the Canada-US border will remain closed to all non-essential travel for another month, until June 21 to fight the spread of the coronavirus.

The world’s longest international frontier at 8,900 kilometers (5,500 miles) was closed to travellers on March 21, but trade in goods has continued.

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9:55am – Berlin, Germany — Germany’s confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 797 to over 176,000

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 797 to 176,007, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Wednesday.

The reported death toll rose by 83 to 8,090, the tally showed.

9:50am – Economy won’t recover till we control spread of virus: UN chief


9:35am — Beijing, China — China reports five new coronavirus cases

China recorded five new coronavirus cases for May 19, down from six a day earlier, the National Health Commission reported on Wednesday.

Four of the new cases were local transmissions and one was a so-called imported case involving a traveller from overseas, the commission said in a statement

The total number of infections in China to date now stands at 82,965, while the death toll remained unchanged at 4,634.


9:20am — Islamabad, Pakistan — Islamabad, AJK report new cases

Confirmed cases in the country climbed to 45,898 after new cases were detected in Islamabad and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

According to the national dashboard, 104 new cases were reported in the federal capital while 18 new cases were recorded in AJK.

So far, Punjab has reported 16,685 cases, Sindh 17,947 in Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 6,554 cases, 2,885 cases in Balochistan, 556 infections in Gilgit Baltistan, 1,138 in Islamabad and 133 in AJK.


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8:40am — Washington, Trump — Trump says considering travel ban on Brazil over coronavirus

US President Donald Trump has said he is considering imposing a ban on travel from Brazil, which has the world’s third-highest number of people infected by the novel coronavirus.

“We are considering it,” Trump told reporters at the White House.

“I don’t want people coming over here and infecting our people. I don’t want people over there sick either. We’re helping Brazil with ventilators. … Brazil is having some trouble, no question about it,” Trump added.


8:30am — Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — Brazil records 1,179 coronavirus deaths, 271,628 confirmed cases

Brazil recorded a new daily record of 1,179 deaths from the new coronavirus with a total of 17,971 total fatalities and 271,628 confirmed cases, the health ministry said.

Tuesday’s death toll was the first time Brazil has recorded more than 1,000 deaths in a day.


8:20am — Washington, US — Trump defends his use of unproven treatment as prevention against coronavirus

US President Donald Trump has defended taking a prescription malaria drug to try to ward off the novel coronavirus despite medical warnings about its use.

“People are going to have to make up their mind,” Trump said about hydroxychloroquine during a visit to the US Capitol. “I think it gives you an additional level of safety.”

The US Food and Drug Administration has warned about potential serious side effects with the use of the drug in COVID-19 patients.

Weeks ago, Trump had promoted the drug as a potential treatment based on a positive report about its use against the virus, but subsequent studies found that it was not helpful.

The White House physician, Sean Conley, said in a memo released late on Monday that he and the president had discussed the evidence for and against taking the drug and had agreed that “the potential benefit from treatment outweighed the relative risks.”


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11:20pm/May 19 — Lahore, Pakistan — Punjab to keep malls, plazas open all week long as it implements SC orders

Provincial Minister of Punjab for: Industries, Commerce, Investment, Skill Development Mian Aslam Iqbal expressed satisfaction over implementation of SOPs in malls and plazas.

Meanwhile, he said that in the light of the Supreme Court’s decision businesses will be allowed to run on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays and that the cabinet was considering to extend the timings.


10:28pm/May 19 — Quetta, Pakistan — Balochistan extends ‘smart lockdown’ till June 2


08:56pm/May 19 — Karachi, Pakistan — Ban on pillion riding in Sindh, family members only exception

The Sindh government has notified a ban on pillion riding with the only exception accorded to members of a family residing in the same household.

“There shall be no exception to this order for Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs), journalists/media persons, co-workers, office staff, etc,” reads the notification.

9:20am — Islamabad, Pakistan — Islamabad, AJK report new cases

Confirmed cases in the country climbed to 45,898 after new cases were detected in Islamabad and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

According to the national dashboard, 104 new cases were reported in the federal capital while 18 new cases were recorded in AJK.

So far, Punjab has reported 16,685 cases, Sindh 17,947 in Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 6,554 cases, 2,885 cases in Balochistan, 556 infections in Gilgit Baltistan, 1,138 in Islamabad and 133 in AJK.

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Karachi, Pakistan — Ban on pillion riding in Sindh, family members only exception

The Sindh government has notified a ban on pillion riding with the only exception accorded to members of a family residing in the same household.

“There shall be no exception to this order for Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs), journalists/media persons, co-workers, office staff, etc,” reads the notification.

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