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Coronavirus in Pakistan: First 2 deaths from virus reported on Wednesday

The first two deaths of coronavirus patients in Pakistan have been confirmed by the authorities on Wednesday night.

KP Health Minister Taimur Jhagra confirmed the first death of a man in Mardan, who tested positive for the coronavirus.

As being reported, this 50-year-old male had arrived in Pakistan after Umrah on March 9.

The man reported in DHQ Hospital Mardan on March 16 with complaints of cough, fever, and difficulty in breathing.

A nasopharyngeal swab sample was sent to NIH that confirmed he had coronavirus on March 18.

Almost an hour after confirming the first Covid-19 death, Health Minister Taimur Khan Jhagra reported the second death in Pakistan.

“Sadly, a second patient in LRH Peshawar, a 36 yr old, from Hangu, has also passed away, from the Corona Virus,” Jhagra wrote.

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The federal health minister Dr. Zafar Mirza also confirmed the death of first Pakistani on Twitter, shortly after his KP counterpart, Jhagra, broke the news.

“With deep regret, I confirm the death of first Pakistani due to #coronavirus,” Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr. Zafar Mirza said in a tweet.

 

Earlier today, Gilgit-Baltistan denied reports of Pakistan’s first coronavirus death minutes after the province’s spokesperson confirmed that a man had tested positive for and died of the virus.

 

 

Saman Siddiqui

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