Coronavirus infection count in Pakistan swells as community transmission cases soar

In Pakistan, police on Saturday registered cases against officials and prayer leaders of 36 mosques for violating a ban on congregational prayers even as cases swelled to over 1,400,  including 12 deaths in the country.

A plane carrying relief assistance and eight doctors from key ally China landed in Islamabad on Saturday, a Pakistani foreign ministry statement said. They will share their experience with local doctors.

Most of the infected people had returned from Iran but over 131 community transmission cases surfaced in Karachi.

In all, Punjab recorded a total of 490, Sindh’s tally stood at 457, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa reported 180 cases, Balochistan registered 133, Gilgit-Baltistan recorded 107 cases, while it was 39 in Islamabad and 2 in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, the ministry said.

“(They will) advise our health care specialists in the light of their experience and success in battling COVID-19 in China,” the statement read. China has already given Islamabad testing kits, masks, protective gear and other medical equipment.

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