KARACHI/LAHORE/ISLAMABAD/PESHAWAR/QUETTA: The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan has hit 1,204 after more people tested positive in Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan, KP, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Islamabad Capital Territory and Gilgit-Baltistan.
The province-wise break up of total number of cases as of 12:20am, March 27, is as follows:
Total confirmed cases: 1,204
• Sindh: 421
• Punjab: 411
• Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 123
• Balochistan: 131
• Islamabad Capital Territory: 25
• Gilgit-Baltistan: 91
• AJK: 02
• Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 03
• Sindh: 01
• Balochistan: 01
• Gilgit-Baltistan: 01
• Punjab: 03
At least 23,000 deaths have been recorded globally, more than 15,500 of which are in Europe since the virus first emerged in December, according to AFP.
More than 505,000 declared virus cases have been registered in 182 countries and territories of which at least 268,191 are in Europe, the worst-hit continent.
The countries with the most deaths include Italy with 8,165 deaths out of 80,539 declared infections, Spain with 4,089 deaths out of 56,188 cases, mainland China with 3,287 deaths out of 81,285 cases, Iran with 2,234 deaths out of 29,406 cases, and France with 1,696 fatalities out of 29,155 cases.
Read on for the latest updates from Pakistan and around the world.
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09:35am – Karachi, Pakistan — Emergency numbers increased at commissioner’s control room
The Control Room at Commissioner Karachi office has been reinforced with more communication channels in order to facilitate the masses amid the virus outbreak.
Four new lines have been installed at the command centre. The numbers are: 02199204439, 02199204451, 02199206565 and 02199204452. These additional numbers have been operationalised for the people of Karachi, Commissioner Iftikhar Shalwani said in a press statement issued on Thursday.
Citizens can call at these numbers at any time for any sort of information or consultancy, Shalwani said.
The Karachhiites can also contact on WhatsApp at 01117120316. People can also give information regarding the spread of the coronavirus through this number.
There will be doctors inside the control room for consultancy regarding COVID-19, the official added.
09:15am – Washington US tops world in coronavirus cases, overtaking China and Italy
WASHINGTON: The United States on Thursday took the grim title of the country with the most coronavirus infections and reported a record surge in unemployment as world leaders vowed $5 trillion to stave off global economic collapse.
More than 500,000 people around the world have now contracted the new coronavirus, overwhelming healthcare systems even in wealthy nations and triggering an avalanche of government-ordered lockdowns that have disrupted life for billions.
In the United States, more than 83,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19, edging out Italy, which has reported the most deaths, and China, where the virus was first detected in December in the metropolis of Wuhan.
08:45am – Karachi, Pakistan — Mufti Taqi Usmani supports govt over ban on congregational prayers
12:20am — Lahore, Pakistan — Buzdar confirms Punjab death tally
Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has confirmed that there have been a total of three deaths in Punjab from the coronavirus.
11:57pm/March 26 – London, Britain — UK records over 100 daily COVID-19 deaths for first time
Britain has recorded more than 100 coronavirus deaths in a 24-hour period for the first time, with 115 people who tested positive for the virus dying, AFP has reported.
“As of 5pm (1700 GMT) on 25 March 2020, 578 patients in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have died,” said the official government website, up from 463 on Wednesday.
A total of 11,658 cases have now been confirmed in Britain, a daily increase of more than 2,000.
The outbreak is concentrated in London, with the head of an organisation representing bosses in the state-run National Health Service warning on Thursday that hospitals in the capital were being overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients.
The chief executive of NHS Providers, Chris Hopson, told BBC radio that hospitals in the British capital have seen an “explosion of demand… in seriously ill patients”, likening it to a “continuous tsunami”, with numbers predicted to surge in the next fortnight.
11:50pm/March 26 – Paris, France — France reports 365 more deaths, including 16-year-old
France has reported that 365 people, including a 16-year-old girl, have died from the coronavirus over the last 24 hours, the country´s highest daily toll.
Top French health official Jerome Salomon told reporters that a total of 1,696 people had died in hospital in France from the virus, emphasising that the toll does not include those who died at home or at retirement homes.
He said that 29,155 people had tested positive for the virus so far in France, adding that the real number of cases was likely far higher as testing was reserved for high-risk patients.
11:04pm//March 26 – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia G20 leaders pledge $5tn in ‘united’ response
G20 nations have pledged a “united front” in the fight against coronavirus, saying they are injecting $5 trillion into the global economy to counter the pandemic amid forecasts of a deep recession.
US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin joined the emergency videoconference chaired by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, who called for coordinated action while facing pressure to end an oil price war between Riyadh and Moscow that has roiled energy markets.
“We are strongly committed to presenting a united front against this common threat,” the leaders said in a joint statement after the summit.
“We are injecting over $5 trillion into the global economy, as part of targeted fiscal policy, economic measures, and guarantee schemes to counteract the social, economic and financial impacts of the pandemic.”
The figure was a sum total of the fiscal stimulus packages adopted by individual G20 states, the Chinese foreign ministry said, adding that Beijing´s share amounted to $344 billion.
10:29pm/March 26 — Islamabad, Pakistan — Dr Zafar Mirza issues correction for Iran pilgrims’ figure
09:50pm/March 26 — Lahore, Pakistan — Punjab health minister confirms rise in provincial tally, one more death
Punjab Health Minister Yasmin Rashid has confirmed a rise in the total cases of Punjab to 405.
In the province, another death has also occurred from the virus, taking the total number of deaths in Punjab to three.
Of these, two were reported from Lahore and one from Rawalpindi.
9:23pm/March 26 — Karachi, Pakistan — Sindh govt bans congregational prayers in Karachi till April 5
The Sindh government has decided to ban congregational prayers in mosques till April 5, according to information minister Nasir Hussain Shah.
The ban will be in place from tomorrow (March 27). Only three to five persons will be allowed to pray in a mosque.
07:50pm/March 26 — Islamabad, Pakistan — Religious minister announces ‘restrained’ Friday prayers
The federal government has decided to “restrain” Friday congregational prayers as new cases of the novel coronavirus continue to emerge across the country.
“It has been decided with a consensus that Friday prayers will be ‘restrained’,” said Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Dr Noor-ul-Haq Qadri during a news conference. “Only mosques’ administration staff and a limited number of worshippers will be allowed to pray inside mosques,” he added.