Attorney-General Khalid Jawed Khan tests positive for coronavirus

ISLAMABAD: The attorney-general of Pakistan, Khalid Jawed Khan, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

According to details, the AGP has quarantined himself for 14 days at his house. Khan tested for the virus on Saturday as he was leaving for the USA on March 2.

Following this, The employees at the attorney-general office are being conducted coronavirus tests.

According to the latest figures by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), 1,176 persons tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. Sindh remains the worst-hit province by the pandemic in terms of cases followed by Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Islamabad.

Till now 258,004 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Sindh, 171,349 in Punjab 72,162 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 44,259 in Islamabad, 19,045 in Balochistan, 10,198 in Azad Kashmir and 4,956 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Furthermore, 5,350 individuals have lost their lives to the epidemic in Punjab 4,343 in Sindh, 2,072 in KP, 496 in Islamabad, 297 in Azad Kashmir, 200 in Balochistan, and 102 in GB. Pakistan has so far conducted 8,951,838 coronavirus tests and 38,920 in the last 24 hours. 545,277 coronavirus patients have recovered in the country whereas 1,562 patients are in critical condition.

Meanwhile, the health ministry on Friday confirmed the presence of a new coronavirus variant in Pakistan and said that the authorities were closely monitoring the cases by using a modern surveillance system.

According to the details, the health ministry has confirmed the emergence of a new COVID-19 variant in Pakistan which was detected in the United Kingdom for the first time.

In a declaration, the ministry said that the new SARS-CoV-2 variant is less deadly, however, it is fast-spreading.

It stated that the health authorities were using a modern surveillance system to hold close monitoring of the developments of the new variant of the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, the ministry also requested the masses to strictly follow the guidelines and standard operating procedures (SOPs) against COVID-19.

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