KARACHI: Pakistan recorded a sharp rise in coronavirus cases on Monday, up 40 to 94, according to a Reuters tally of statistics from central and provincial governments.
The majority of new cases were in the southern province of Sindh in patients who had recently traveled from Iran – which has one of the world’s worst outbreaks.
Earlier on Sunday, provincial health authorities had identified 13 coronavirus cases; further stating that the affectees, who recently arrived from Taftan, “were purportedly kept in quarantine at the border”.
Previously, Lahore Health Secretary Captain (retired) Mohammad Usman had confirmed the first case of coronavirus in the city – capital of the populous Punjab province.
The federal government has already shut down flight services to and from neighbouring Iran, which has suffered one of the world’s deadliest coronavirus outbreaks.