After rumours of a few deaths that turned out to be false, Pakistan has witnessed first death from coronavirus in Gilgit, Baltistan.
Gilgit Baltistan, government provincial spokesperson has confirmed the news. Speaking to Geo News Faizullah Faraq said, “The person was of 90-years-old and was a resident of district Chilas.”
“The deceased was admitted in CMH from the past four days,” he said. The person had no travel history within or outside the country.
UPDATE: Almost after first death case was confirmed, KPK Health Minister Taimur Khan Jhagra also announced second death on Twitter. “Sadly, a second patient in LRH Peshawar, a 36 yr old, from Hangu, has also passed away, from the Corona Virus,” Jhagra wrote.
Quetta coronavirus death rumour
Earlier today, Balochistan leading newspaper Daily Intekhab broke the news of another death case. They claimed that a coronavirus patient has passed away on Wednesday who recently came from Iran.
According to an initial report, a man identified as Ramzan has passed away. He recently came from Iran through Taftan border. He was shifted to Quetta’s quarantine centre. The patient got critical and was being transferred to Sheikh Khalifah Bin Zayyad Hospital when he passed away.
Reportedly, Ramzan hails from Karachi and was kept in Quetta’s quarantine centre after his visit to Iran.
However, there is no official confirmation about the death by the Balochistan government.
Punjab coronavirus death rumour
Moreover, yesterday, Punjab saw a death case which was earlier reported as a result of coronavirus. However, the actual reason for his death was organ failure.
Lahore’s Mayo Hospital administration said that the patient was suffering from liver disease. The hospital administration said that patient died due to liver disease. The patient was not been tested positive for the coronavirus. Punjab CM confirmed the report in his tweet. “We have received test reports of Imran Ali, who lost his life in Mayo Hospital, and his cause of death was not #COVID19. So far Punjab has 8 confirmed cases and are being provided best available treatment. I urge everyone that these are testing times & we should act responsibly,” he said.
Peshawar coronavirus death rumour
Furthermore, media outlets also reported a coronavirus death case from Peshawar on Monday. However, it was also apparently not true. The patient was admitted to HMC in critical condition. He was reported to travel from Qatar to Pakistan. The patient belonged to Hangu while his family lives in Qatar.
The nationwide tally of COVID-19 cases has risen to 245 after new patients were reported from Sindh, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Tuesday.
Imran Khan address nation on coronavirus
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday asked Pakistanis to prepare for a coronavirus epidemic in the country but ruled out locking down cities to fight the disease. “I want to tell all of you, this virus will spread,” the premier said in a televised address to the nation.
Khan noted that while COVID-19 spreads rapidly, 97 per cent of its patients make a full recovery. Of these, 90pc people experience a mild illness similar to the flu, he added. But he said even if 4-5pc of coronavirus patients out of thousands get critically ill, it will be a huge burden for healthcare facilities.
The premier said the government had been in contact with the Chinese and Iranian governments since outbreaks occurred in the two countries.