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Gilgit-Baltistan declared coronavirus-free

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Under the third wave of covid-19 in the country, Gilgit-Baltistan has been declared a COVID-free region with zero active cases. 

When coronavirus has once again shown its symptoms and positive cases have surged, schools have been announced to be closed, yet Gilgit-Baltistan has become the first corona-free province. Dr. Shah Zaman, the region’s focal person for coronavirus confirmed the zero active cases in the region that comprises 10 districts. He further added that all previously infected patients had recovered. 

He added that despite the fact that the region had fewer resources, the contagious disease was effectively controlled. He emphasized following Standard Operating Procedures and taking Precautionary Measures is a must thing. He insisted that the trend could be maintained with the addition of vaccine drives. 

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After the confirmation of the news by Dr. Shah Zaman, the health department declared the Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) region free of coronavirus on Wednesday. The health department released the data that the total number of patients in Gilgit Baltistan was reached 4,959. The region’s first COVID-19 patient was confirmed on March 2020 and now there is no active case reported in the region since 10th March.  

However, on Thursday, Pakistan recorded 2,258 new coronavirus cases during the previous 24 hour period for the first time since January 20, taking the country’s Covid-19 tally to 597,497. As per the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) data, the total death toll in the country has surged to 13,377 after at least 53 more people lost their lives due to the deadly disease during the last 24 hours. 

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Meanwhile, 1,276 patients recovered from Covid-19 during the same time period, taking the total recoveries to 566,492. 

Here’s a province-wide breakdown: 

  • Punjab: 1,290 cases 
  • Islamabad: 350 cases 
  • KP: 289 cases 
  • Sindh: 256 cases 
  • AJK: 57 cases 
  • Balochistan: 16 cases 

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