Coronavirus: Confirmed cases in Pakistan rise to 1,670

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Pakistan rose to 1,670 on Monday after 45 new cases were reported in Punjab.

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According to a spokesperson of the Punjab Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department, the provincial tally now stands at 638.

National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser has urged the people to stay at home and practice social distancing in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

He also asked the people to follow the instructions issued by the government and medical experts in this regard, adding that the current health crisis was a unique one in world history.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan has said that developing the health sector is a real service to the nation.

In a statement issued on Monday, the SAPM said that the opposition was upset when government ministers spoke truthfully.

“Developing the health sector was not a priority for the previous rulers,” Awan said. “What mattered to them was putting their name on the board.”

“For Imran Khan, the health of the nation comes first,” she said, adding that the incumbent premier had increased the health budget.

PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif has urged the government to share data regarding the coronavirus pandemic in the country, citing fears that Punjab was heading towards a disaster if the outbreak was not brought under control.

In a statement issued on Monday, the PML-N president said that it was a crime to hide the number of tests conducted from the general public.

“You cannot hide the facts or the stop the spread of the virus by not sharing the data,” Shehbaz said.

He added, that the only way to deal with this outbreak was to set up more quarantine centres.

“There is a shortage of protective gear and testing kits in district hospitals,” he noted.

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