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Pakistan Reports Third Coronavirus Death as Number of Confirmed Cases Jumps to 464

A man wears a face-mask as a preventive measure following the coronavirus outbreak, as he rides on motorbike in Karachi, Pakistan. (Reuters)

A man wears a face-mask as a preventive measure following the coronavirus outbreak, as he rides on motorbike in Karachi, Pakistan. (Reuters)

The third death was reported from Sindh Province, located in the southeastern part of the country, where the number of confirmed cases rose to 238.

  • PTI Islamabad
  • Last Updated: March 20, 2020, 7:26 PM IST
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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday asked people to self-quarantine for at least another 45 days as the country reported its third coronavirus death and the total number of confirmed cases rose to 464.


The third death was reported from Sindh Province where the number of confirmed cases rose to 238, according to provincial spokesman Murtaza Wahab.


Already two patients died in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa where the number of positive cases has increased to 23, provincial health minister Taimur Jhagra said.


At least 16 more cases were reported in Punjab where the tally touched 96, according to a notification issued by the provincial health department spokesperson Qaiser Asif.


More cases surfaced in Balochistan where the number of infected persons is 81. Another 23 were in Gilgit-Baltistan, two in Islamabad and one in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.


Prime Minister Khan while addressing the media in Islamabad on Friday said people should self-quarantine for at least another 45 days to help tackle the coronavirus crisis.


Commenting on the future course of action to contain the outbreak, Khan said, Our strategy is a little different from a complete lockdown, considering Pakistan's socio-economic realities.


Pakistan isn't a rich country like Italy, where people can get through a sustained period without economic activity," he was quoted as saying by the Express Tribune.


He announced the partial opening of the border with Afghanistan to let trucks pass carrying different supplies.


Despite global pandemic of COVID 19, we remain committed to supporting our Afghan brothers & sisters. I have given instructions to open the Chaman-Spinboldak border & let trucks crossover into Afghanistan. In the time of crisis, we remain steadfast with Afghanistan, Khan tweeted.


Pakistan also sent 17 tonnes of cooked food to its stranded student in the Chinese city of Wuhan, according to Special Assistant on Information Firdous Ashiq Awan.


"We thank the Chinese government for taking care of the Pakistanis in Wuhan, just like their own citizens," Awan said.


As the financial problems of common people increased due to virus, the Council of Islamic Ideology asked people to start doing charity even before the holy month of Ramadan, which is due to start next month and when people are often more generous in giving alms.

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