Zafar Mirza Test Posotive for Virus as Nationwide Confirmed 231,000 Cases, Death Toll crosses 4,700; Global Death Toll Tops 529,000

SAPM on Health Services Zafar Mirza tests positive for virus

By: Web Desk

Special Assistant to PM on Health Services Zafar Mirza has tested positive for the virus, he announced on Twitter on Monday

“I have tested positive for COVID-19. Under med advice I have isolated myself at home and taking all precautions. I have mild symptoms. Please keep me in your kind prayers. Colleagues, keep up the good work! You are making a big difference and I am proud of you,” Mirza tweeted.

Pakistan records 3,344 new coronavirus cases, 50 deaths

By: Web Desk

Pakistan recorded 3,344 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours taking the nation-wide tally to over 231,000, data from the National Command and Control Centre (NCOC) showed on Monday.

A paramedic takes notes of a man’s health history before taking a nose-swab sample to be tested for COVID-19, in Karachi, Pakistan. Photo: Reuters

According to the NCOC, the country has detected 231,818 cases detected so far with 94,528 cases recorded in Sindh, 81,963 infections in Punjab, KP 28,116, Azad Jammu and Kashmir 1,342, Balochistan 10,814 and Gilgit Baltistan 1,561.

The country also recorded 50 deaths on Sunday, taking the death toll to 4,762.

131,649 people have recovered from the virus so far in the country, the NCOC said, adding that 22,271 tests were conducted over the last 24 hours in Pakistan.

Scientists say coronavirus is airborne, ask WHO to revise recommendations

By: Reuters

Hundreds of scientists say there is evidence that novel coronavirus in smaller particles in the air can infect people and are calling for the World Health Organisation to revise recommendations, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

The WHO has said the coronavirus disease spreads primarily from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, which are expelled when a person with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes or speaks.

In an open letter to the agency, which the researchers plan to publish in a scientific journal next week, 239 scientists in 32 countries outlined the evidence showing smaller particles can infect people, the NYT said.

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