Pakistan coronavirus cases surpass 1,300; celebs offer support
As coronavirus cases soar in Pakistan, a Chinese medical team arrived in Islamabad to help the country battle the pandemic.
The coronavirus cases in Pakistan on Saturday reached 1,321, including 11 deaths, with the Punjab province emerging as the new epicentre of the deadly viral infection in the country. Amid the alarming situation, a Chinese medical team arrived in Islamabad to help the country battle the pandemic.
Pakistan’s Punjab province recorded a total of 448 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, up from 419 cases on Friday. The number surpassed Sindh's tally of 440 cases. Sindh was the province, which reported Pakistan's first coronavirus case.
Meanwhile, Punjab government’s home department will release 20,000 prisoners out of 46,000 from 41 jails across the province to stem the spread of coronavirus in prisons, reported the News International.
Of the 448 cases in Punjab, the highest number of 207 were reported from Dera Ghazi Khan district. Most of the infected persons had returned from Iran, said Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar said.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa reported 180 cases, Balochistan registered 133, Gilgit-Baltistan recorded 91 cases, while it was 27 in Islamabad and 2 in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
Twenty-three people have recovered so far.
On Saturday, the Chinese doctors arrived in Pakistan to lend their medical expertise to their Pakistani counterparts. So far, the Chinese government has provided 12,000 test kits, 300,000 masks, and 10,000 units of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Pakistan, said a Foreign Office spokesperson.
Pakistan celebs rally support for healthcare workers
Celebrities in Pakistan including singers Atif Aslam and Ali Zafar, sports star Wasim Akram and actors Humayun Saeed and Adnan Siddiqui, among others have called the country citizens to wave white flags in support of healthcare workers on the front lines in the war with coronavirus.
Many pledged to not just extend support via social media, but also made donations and sent out calls for money to put together for ration packets for those affected severely by the crisis.
I am aware that we are living in what is perhaps the most confusing and uncertain time of our lives, but let’s take a moment to thank all those heroes who are ensuring our safety right now. Thank you to the paramedics, doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers who are tirelessly and fearlessly working at the frontline of this crisis, risking their own health every second. Thank you to the cleaners whose work is literally saving lives everywhere around the world. Thank you to those producing, delivering, and selling food during times when their job is the most demanding it has ever been. Thank you to the government and official authorities who are faced with some of the most challenging decisions in these unprecedented times. They have to make choices - about situations no one in the world is sure about - knowing the entire responsibility of the consequences lies on their shoulders. Thank you to the army for helping maintain order and discipline in this time of panic and chaos, and for always ensuring the best of the country. And thank you to every single person who is paying heed to the given directives: staying inside their home, being hygienic, staying calm, and responsibly playing their role in fighting this pandemic. Most importantly, This is a true test of our compassion. We should be thankful to Allah for every blessing that we have. Be kind and generous to those around you and look after those who have been hit the hardest by this crisis.
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We salute all our doctors, nurses, paramedics and health officials who are at the forefront of the battle against coronavirus. Let us all show them lots and lots of love and convey our appreciation to them tomorrow, Friday March 27th, 6PM by coming out to our terraces and rooftops and waving a white flag. Pakistan Zindabad!