The Covid-19 respiratory illness caused by this mysterious contagion has so far infected more than 6.8 million people in 202 countries and territories of the world – and over 397,000 of them have died and counting.
Pakistan, despite its close proximity with China, remained coronavirus-free until February 26 when a young man from Karachi tested positive after returning from Iran – one of the worst-hit countries. After a brief hiatus following the first case, Covid-19 cases spiked as more pilgrims returning from Iran tested positive for the virus. Nearly one and a half months after imposing the lockdown across the country, Prime Minister Imran Khan announced to ease the lockdown in phases.
The nationwide tally of Covid-19 patients stands at 108,317 with 40,819 cases in Punjab, 39,555 in Sindh, 14,006 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 6,788 in Balochistan, 952 in Gilgit-Baltistan, 5,785 in Islamabad and 412 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. The virus has claimed at least 2,172 lives while around 35,018 coronavirus patients have recovered.