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Pakistan: Situation Update 4 to 19 March 2020

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  • Number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rises to 447 in Pakistan as of 19 March.
  • Of the total confirmed, 5 cases are recovered and discharged from the hospital.
  • The first two COVID-19 deaths have been confirmed from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.
  • All provinces have moved towards partial lock down as a precautionary measure against the spread of COVID-19.
  • All education facilities across Pakistan are closed till 5th April 2020, some provinces have also closed shopping centers, restaurants and public places.
  • Pakistan has closed all the border crossing with Afghanistan and Iran with some relaxation on Chaman border with Afghanistan for flow of Food stuff & key commodities.
  • All major airports across the country are closed which is restraining the operation of international flights to Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore airports.
  • The World Bank is providing $238m and the Asian Development Bank$350m to Pakistan in support for the COVID-19 emergency response and to address the socio-economic disruption associated with it.
  • COVID-19 is affecting the return of undocumented Afghans as the crossing points at Chaman and Torkham have been closed.
  • Due to the closure of the Torkham and Chaman official border-crossing points with Afghanistan, the voluntary repatriation of registered Afghan refugees in Pakistan has been suspended
  • Government of Pakistan has established a National Command & Control Center centralized mechanism for regular sharing of information, latest updates, figures and directions on the disease
  • Sindh Government is establishing a 10,000-bed hospital in Karachi to cater got COVID-19 patients.
  • Government requires different precautionary items for COVID-19 which include N-95 masks, Thermal Guns, Thermal Scanners, hand sanitizers, surgical masks etc.
  • The Department of Health (DoH) and WHO Sub Office in Sindh to assess the new quarantine facility at Sukkur in line with the WHO guidelines.The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has asked provinces to convert all 3-4-star hotels into quarantine centers in fight against COVID-19.
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Organization(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
21 Mar 2020
Document type: 
Situation Report
Location(s): 
Pakistan
Theme(s): 
COVID-19
Information Management
Inter-Cluster Coordination