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10 April, 2020, 11:48 AM IST

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Pakistan skips SAARC trade meeting on Covid-19

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Pakistan's coronavirus cases rise to 4,072

The Ministry of National Health Services in its morning update said that 208 new coronavirus patie...

  • The Ministry of Health Services in its update on dedicated website showed that the largest province of Punjab had maximum 652 patients. It is followed by Sindh with 627, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) with 221, Balochistan 153, Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) 148, Islamabad 58 and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir 6 cases of Covid-19. The website reported 148 new patients in the last 24 hours.

    On Wednesday, Pakistan boycotted a video conference of trade officials of the SAARC countries to discuss ways to minimise the economic cost of the pandemic. Islamabad said such initiatives could only be effective if spearheaded by the group's secretariat instead of India.

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    Provincial authorities confirmed five new cases of the novel coronavirus in Sindh, pushing the country's tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 189, Express Tribune said quotiing a source. The number of quarantined pilgrims in Taftan where over 9,000, who have returned from Iran and have been quarantined by Balochistan in a 'tent city', the report added.

    The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) informed the Lok Sabha last week that 337 Indian prisoners, including fishermen, were believed to be in Pakistan's custody. However, as per the lists exchanged between India and Pakistan on January 1, Pakistan acknowledged the custody of only 261 Indian prisoners.

    These statements were issued by senior Pakistan government officials. Pakistan, in return, received an eight-member medical expert team from China over the weekend to assist Islamabad to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

    PM Modi reached out to the eight-member regional grouping yesterday and pitched for a video conference among the SAARC leaders to chalk out a strong strategy to combat coronavirus outbreak. Pakistan responded positively to Modi's proposal, saying it was ready to participate in the conference.

    A new confirmed case of the novel coronavirus surfaced early Sunday in Islamabad, bringing Pakistan's total number of cases to 34, according to a media report.

    The total number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan has sharply increased to 3,864 with more than 500 fresh infections while the death toll reached 54, the health officials said on Monday.

    ​​Prime Minister Modi reached out to the eight-member regional grouping on Friday and pitched for a video conference among the leaders of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to chalk out a strong strategy to combat the virus outbreak. His suggestion was backed by all member states of SAARC.

    In a decision taken by the administrative council headed by Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu, the requirement to submit succession certificates has been dispensed with for all WPRs to claim benefits under the package, in case the original WPR who is entitled for relief under the package has died, an official spokesman said.

    However, videos of people violating the social distancing measures have gone viral, according to media reports in Pakistan. In this situation, the government is considering introducing stringent steps across the country, including the commercial hub of Karachi.

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