CORONA WATCH

19 march

Balochistan reports 22 new coronavirus cases, nationwide tally goes to 329


18 March

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa confirmed the province’s second death, moments after the first was reported.
Total number of cases in Sindh has risen to 208. Of the 208, 151 are Taftan pilgrims in Sukkur, 56 are in Karachi and one case is in Hyderabad.

With the additional number of cases, the nationwide tally now stands at 297

On 17 March
A total of 119 positive cases in Sukkur were confirmed on 17 March.
52 new cases were announced. The total number of cases in Pakistan rose to 237

On 16 March
83 new cases of virus were confirmed raising the toll to 136. Of these new cases, 15 were confirmed in Dera Ismail Khan. These had returned from Taftan and were kept in quarantine in Darazinda, Dera Ismail Khan.

15 March
Meanwhile, Lahore Health Secretary Mohammad Usman confirmed the first case of coronavirus was found in Lahore, Punjab. Same day, another 13 tests from Sukkur came positive in the pilgrims that came back from Taftan border and were kept in quarantine after being suspected cases.

The total patients had reached 76 in Sindh. Out of these 76 patients, 2 had recovered and the remaining 74 were being kept in isolation. 50 people who had arrived in Sukkur fom Taftan had tested positive, 25 at Karachi and 1 at Hyderabad.

Two more cases were announced, including a second local transmission of the coronavirus in Sindh. 
First case of coronavirus is found in Lahore.

14 March:
The number of confirmed cases in Pakistan of COVID-19 has risen to 31 as of Saturday after three new cases were reported; one from Islamabad and two from Karachi. Karachi has been the worst affected city so far, with 17 of the total confirmed cases.

On 13 March The National Security Committee (NSC) on Friday decided to take a number of steps to contain the spread of coronavirus in Pakistan. The high-level NSC meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan, was attended by the provincial chief ministers and the civilian and military leadership.

Major decisions taken by the NSC:
• Border with Iran, Afghanistan to be closed for two weeks
• Schools shut until April 5
• Large public gatherings including weddings banned for two weeks
• International flights to operate only from Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad
• Pakistan Day parade cancelled
• Remaining PSL matches to take place in empty stadiums

13 March Global Update till 13 March corona virus from China has reached 124 countries through which the number of affected patients are 1 Lac 34 thousand and the number of patients being cured are 70383, whereas 4983 casualties have occurred.

On 13 March, the Sindh Health Department identified a 52-year-old patient as positive, which marked the first case of local disease transmission, as the patient had travelled from Islamabad. 24 of the 27 suspected cases in Khyber Pakhtunkwa were also cleared that day. By the end of the day, the total number of cases had risen to 28, with seven new cases in Taftan.

On 12 March, there was a third case found in Gilgit Baltistan, a 31-year-old resident of Shigar district, who had a travel history of Iran. The spokesman said that the patient is under treatment at the Skardu hospital. On the same day, Murtaza Wahab informed that the second patient of the virus have been completely recovered

ON 11 March the head of the World Health Organization said Coronavirus outbreak can now be characterized as a pandemic.

On 11 March, the Pakistani Consulate in Milan announced the first death of a Pakistani from COVID-19 in Brescia, Italy.

Also on 11 March on that day, a second case in Gilgit-Baltistan was confirmed in Skardu. The patient is a 14-year-old

On 11 March, 76 suspected cases were reported in several districts of Punjab province, including Lahore, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Hafizabad and Lodhran. The Healthcare Department officials informed that ten patients were immediately cleared of the suspicion, while 55 patients were cleared after testing negative. The test result of the remaining 11 suspected patients is still awaited.

on 10 March – Three new cases were confirmed, including one in Hyderabad and the first case in Quetta, Balochistan

On 9 March – Pakistan reported nine new cases in Karachi, meaning that there was a total of 16 cases of COVID-19, with Sindh having the highest number of cases, 13 altogether. Five of the new patients had travelled to Syria and some others patients had returned from London.

On 8 March, Pakistan confirmed its seventh case of COVID-19, also in Karachi.

On 6 March – Murtaza Wahab announced that the first patient in Karachi had fully recovered and was later discharged from hospital after testing negative.

on 2 March, The fifth case was also reported, from the federal area of the country, of a 45-year-old woman from Gilgit, Baltistan, who had also travelled from Iran.

The first patient was a student at the University of Karachi, Karachi in Sindh province. The second patient is from the federal territory of the country. Both patients had recently returned from Iran. Within a week of the first two cases, Pakistan confirmed three more cases, including a case in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad and also in Rawalpindi, Punjab.

26th FEB
“I can confirm first two cases of corona virus in Pakistan. Both cases are being taken care of according to clinical standard protocols & both of them are stable. No need to panic, things are under control”, tweeted health advisor Zafar Mirza