Pakistan's COVID-19 Cases Rise To 903, Death Toll At 6

Publish On: 24 Mar, 2020 04:00 PM | Updated   |   Harshita  

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's total number of confirmed cases for the novel coronavirus reached 903 on Tuesday with the death toll at six, said the official authorities. 

On Tuesday, the Punjab province reported 16 new positive cases taking the provincial count to 265, reported the Dawn news quoting Qaiser Asif, Punjab's health department spokesperson. 

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Sindh is the worst-hit province in the country with a total of 399 cases of the deadly disease, reported the News International. Karachi is struck with 130 cases majority of which are the cases of "local transmission". Last but not the least, Islamabad has been confirmed with 15 cases due to the pandemic. 

Remaining cases are reported in Balochistan, Pakistan occupied Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. 

The country's former cricketer Shoaib Akhtar recently expressed his worries regarding the casual attitude of people towards the deadly disease in his YouTube video. He also drew examples of India where the majority of states and cities are under complete lockdown and called out the authorities for their careless behavior. 

"I went outside for some really important work today. I did not shake hands with anyone or hugged anyone. The windows of my car were closed the entire time and I came back home as soon as possible. But I noticed a very worrying trend outside. I saw four guys traveling on one bike, they were going for a picnic. People are having food together outside, traveling to other places. Why are restaurants still open, why are we not closing them?" said Akhtar. 

He further said, "In India, people have embraced a curfew. But here in Pakistan, we can't stop traveling. 90 percent of cases are due to human contact but we are not ready to stay at home. What are we doing? This is dangerous, it's like playing with the lives of people."

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"I request the Pakistan government to take strong action and impose a lockdown. Please lockdown the cities. Italy made a huge mistake by not imposing lockdown early. People are dying there every day. I request the Pakistan government to give a time slot to people to buy all the necessary items like groceries and impose a lockdown. Sorry to say but people in Pakistan are not listening, they are out there having picnics and celebrating," he added.