- COVID-19 cases in Pakistan will cross the 1,000 mark today
- Punjab reported its first coronavirus death on Tuesday in Lahore
- Islamabad has announced partial lockdown closing public transport & OPDs
- PM Imran Khan has announced a relief package for people & businesses
- Cities are under complete lockdowns save essential services and movement
- Public is advised to remain indoors and show responsibility in this time of crisis
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Pakistan, which stands at 990 as of 9.00 am on March 25, is expected to cross the 1,000 mark later in the day. Sindh remains the worst hit with most reported cases, followed by Punjab, Balochistan, AJK/GB, KP, and Islamabad.
Islamabad has begun its shutdown as well after the capital administration announced a partial lockdown in the city late Tuesday. All public transport and hospital OPDs have been suspended and shopping malls, restaurants, private offices have been shuttered as well. Public offices will operate between 10am to 4pm and the metro bus service will only operate between 8:30am to 10.00am and 3:00pm to 5:30pm.
As new cases continue to flock in, PM Imran Khan maintains his stance that a curfew will impact the poor the most and is possible to do without. While briefing the media on Tuesday, he announced a comprehensive multi-sectoral Rs1.2 trillion COVID-19 package that slashed petrol prices and announced stipends and relief packages for the people and businesses.
Meanwhile, the pandemic continues to shock the world. Italy’s coronavirus death toll rose by 743 in one day to 6,820. Deaths in Spain also surged by 514 in one day bringing its cumulative toll to 2,696. India announced a complete nationwide lockdown on Tuesday for 21 days as the situation aggravates in the country of 1.3 billion people.
The disease is accelerating in the US too with the country reporting third-highest number of confirmed cases globally. The WHO has already warned that the US could be the next COVID-19 epicenter.
Here are the latest updates.
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Punjab Reports 31 New Cases
31 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Punjab, taking the provincial tally to 296. CM Usman Buzdar shared the new numbers in a tweet with complete breakdown.
I can confirm that currently there are 296 positive cases of #COVID19 in Punjab.
65 are in Lahore, 20 in Gujrat, Gujranwala 8, Jhelum 16, Rawalpindi 2, Multan 3, Faisalabad 2, Mandibahuddin 1, Narowal 1, RYK 1, Sargodha 1 and DGK quarantine have 176 cases. #StayAtHomeSaveLives
— Usman Buzdar (@UsmanAKBuzdar) March 24, 2020
All Domestic Flight Operations Suspended Till April 2
The government on Tuesday announced the suspension of all domestic flight operations with the exception of cargo and special flights till April 2.
The move comes as part of the government’s efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus.
A statement from the Civil Aviation Authority said that the government had “decided to suspend all types of domestic scheduled/non-scheduled, chartered and private aircraft passenger flight operations with effect from Thursday, March 26, at 6:00am up to April 02, 2020.”
Islamabad Locks Down
As announced by the capital administration, a lockdown has begun in Islamabad.
During the lockdown:
- All shopping malls, restaurants, and markets will remain closed
- All public transport will be suspended
- All gatherings will be suspended
- Private offices will also remain shut
- Public offices will operate between 10am to 4pm
- OPDs in all hospitals will be suspended
- Metro bus will operate between 8:30am to 10.00am and 3:00pm to 5:30pm
For our coronavirus coverage from March 24, click here.
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