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Number of COVID-19 cases in Pakistan surpasses 100

ISLAMABAD, March 16, 2020 (BSS/XINHUA) – With 69 new cases emerging on
Monday, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 121 in Pakistan,
said officials.

The total number of cases in south Sindh province rose to 88 on Monday, out
of which 26 cases were reported from Karachi, one case from Hyderabad and 61
cases are the pilgrims who recently returned from Iran and were quarantined
in the province, the Health Department of Sindh said in a tweet.

Meeran Yousuf, media coordinator of the Sindh’s health department, told
Xinhua that of these cases, two people who had earlier tested positive for
COVID-19 and were admitted to hospital have been discharged following
treatment. “The clinical condition of the remaining patients is stable.”

Pakistan’s northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province reported its first 15
positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday. KP Health Minister Taimur Saleem Khan
Jhagra said 15 out of 19 individuals who traveled from Iran have tested
positive for the disease.

Talking to Xinhua, Waseem Khawaja, spokesperson of the Pakistan Institute
of Medical Sciences in Islamabad, said his hospital has four confirmed cases
of COVID-19, out of which one person who was being treated at the hospital
has been discharged on Sunday after making full recovery.

Amid the rising number, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired a
meeting of the National Coordination Committee on Monday over the measures
taken by the provincial authorities to curb the spread of the virus.

BSS/XINHUA/ARS/2045 hrs