Coronavirus cases in Pakistan climbs to 20

WION Web Team
Islamabad Updated: Mar 11, 2020, 11:32 PM(IST)

A Pakistani rescue personnel checks body temperature of a man as preventive measures for the spread of coronavirus. Photograph:( AFP )

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A 14-year-old boy in Gilgit-Baltistan tested positive for the virus.

Pakistan reported another case of coronavirus with the number of confirmed cases climbing to 20, according to reports.

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A 14-year-old boy in Gilgit-Baltistan tested positive for the virus.

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As Italy crossed 10,000 infections, Pakistan's foreign ministry said that a 65-year-old Pakistani man living in Italy died due to the virus.

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The man was reportedly living in Italy.

In Nepal, at least 71 Chinese workers engaged at a construction site in Nepal were placed under quarantine. The workers had returned from Chengdu and Beijing after celebrating the Chinese New Year. Earlier, 36 Chinese workers of the airport project were also quarantined after their return from China.

Meanwhile, the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic. “COVID-19 can be characterised as a pandemic,” WHO chief Tedros said, adding,"We have never before seen a pandemic sparked by a coronavirus.”    

The deadly coronavirus that first originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December last year has claimed over 4,291 lives and infected more than 118,000 people across 114 countries.

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