ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Prime Minister Imran Khan is likely to address the nation tonight and apprise it on measures taken by the incumbent government to halt the spread of deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic.
Sources said that all preparations of his address to the nation have been completed.
So far 236 Cases of Coronavirus have surfaced across Pakistan.
Mostly Cases were witnessed in Sindh wherein 172 people developed symptoms of COVID-19. In Punjab, 26 Coronavirus Cases have so far emerged, in Balochistan 16, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 15, in Gilgit-Baltistan 5 while two Cases surfaced in the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT).
On the basis of test reports, of suspected patients, I can confirm that the number of confirmed #coronavirus patients is now 26.
We are testing all the suspected patients and 736 Zaireen quarantined in DG Khan. 1,276 Zaireen coming from Taftan will also be quarantined.
— Usman Buzdar (@UsmanAKBuzdar) March 17, 2020
Following is the update of #COVIDー19 affected people in Sindh as on 17.03.2020 at 5 PM:
Under treatment =36
Total tests conducted 274
Grand Total 172
— SenatorMurtaza Wahab (@murtazawahab1) March 17, 2020
Earlier in an exclusive interview with Associated Press (AP), Prime Minister Imran Khan urged the World Community to consider writing off loans of developing Countries like Pakistan to help them cope with the Coronavirus. He feared that the Pandemic will devastate the economies of developing nations.
Imran Khan said that if a serious outbreak happens in Pakistan, his government’s efforts to lift the ailing economy out of near collapse would begin an unstoppable slide backward. He said that exports would fall off, unemployment would soar and an onerous national debt would become an impossible burden.