ISLAMABAD -UNS – In an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus, the National Coordination Committee (NCC) on Wednesday decided to extend the countrywide lockdown till April 14.
Addressing a press conference alongside Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on National Security Division and Strategic Policy Planning Moeed Yusuf in Islamabad on Wednesday, Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar informed that the current lockdown in the country helped address the Coronavirus pandemic effectively and will continue till 14th of this month.
The Minister informed that goods transport carrying food will remain open, while medicines will be available for the general public in all four provinces of the country.
Meanwhile, Dr. Zafar Mirza informed that total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Pakistan has risen to 2071. He said these cases include 740 in Punjab, 676 in Sindh, 253 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 158 in Balochistan, 184 in Gilgit Baltistan, 54 in Islamabad and six in Azad Kashmir.
Zafar Mirza said that 28 patients have recovered so far, while the number of deaths has reached to 26.
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In his concluding remarks, Dr. Moeed Yusuf said, over 2,000 Pakistani nationals will be brought back to their homeland through 17 PIA flights from 3rd to 11th of this month.