Coronavirus: Confirmed cases in Pakistan rise to 2,458

The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Punjab rose to 928 on Friday afternoon after eight more cases were reported across the province, according to Provincial Disaster Management Authority.

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Five of the new cases were reported from Lahore, the authority added.

On Friday morning after new cases were confirmed in Islamabad Capital Territory and Gilgit Baltistan (GB), according to the national dashboard keeping track of virus infections.

66 new cases of the virus have been confirmed from across Pakistan in the past twenty-four hours, including five from Islamabad and at least 23 from GB. A spike in confirmed cases was also seen in Punjab late Thursday.

The countrywide death toll from the coronavirus rose to 37 after two new deaths were reported in Sindh.

Provincial health minister Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho said the patients were 82 and 60-year-old and were tested positive on Wednesday. She added that the cases were of local transmission.

“The 60 year old patient had heart problems and was ventilator whereas the 82 year old patient had renal problems. This brings the total number of deaths in Sindh to 13,” said the minister.

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