Coronavirus: Death toll reaches six as confirmed cases rise to 804

Islamabad: The death toll from COVID-19 has reached a tally of six as Balochistan reports its first casualty.

Liaquat Shahwani, Balochistan government’s spokesperson confirmed the province’s first death from the virus on Sunday.

“A 65 years old Corona patient died at Fatima Jinnah Chest Hospital in Quetta. So sad to learn about the first death case of a Corona patient in Balochistan,” he tweeted.

Earlier, Osama Riaz, a doctor from Gilgit Baltistan who screened suspected pilgrims returning to Pakistan from Iran, tested positive and later succumbed to the novel virus.

According to Federal Health Ministry, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Sindh rose to 352, Punjab 225, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to 32, Balochistan 108, Gilgit-Baltistan 72 and the capital Islamabad has reported 15 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

So far, six patients have successfully recovered and discharged from the hospital, the ministry said.

The provincial governments of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan and Balochistan have declared partial lockdown amid virus pandemic.

Sindh, which has been the epicentre of virus outbreak in the country with 352 confirmed cases, has declared a complete lockdown for 15 days to contain the virus spread.