Punjab confirms first COVID-19 death

57-year-old was a coronavirus patient in Lahore's Mayo Hospital

News Desk March 24, 2020
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Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid on Tuesday confirmed the first COVID-19 related death in the province taking the number of fatalities due to the pandemic in the country to seven.

The 57-year-old was a coronavirus patient in Lahore's Mayo Hospital.

Dr Rahid, in a tweet, went on to say that the only way we can fight this pandemic was by staying indoors and following precautionary measures.



Earlier on Monday, the country finally went into the lockdown mode in order to contain the spread of novel coronavirus as the army was called in to support the civil administration in the four provinces as well as Azad Jammu and Kashmir to ensure people stay at home.

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Sindh had already announced a complete lockdown a day earlier. On Monday, Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, as well as Gilgilt-Baltistan and AJK, followed suit.

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It was important to note that a day earlier Prime Minister Imran Khan was reluctant to go for the lockdown, fearing that such a move could lead to chaos and deprive millions of daily-wage workers of their livelihoods.

 

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