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The novel coronavirus–which ruined Wuhan’s city of central China at the end of last December–has now spread to all continents except Antarctica. Before now, the COVID-19 respiratory disease caused by the mysterious pathogen has killed thousands of people and infected nearly half a million others worldwide.
While the Chinese government in Wuhan contained the deadly infestation, the pandemic has now spread worldwide, especially in Europe and the United States, with the World Health Organization naming Europe as the new center of the infectious disease.
Pakistan remained unharmed, despite its close proximity to China, until 26 February, when a young man from Karachi tested positive for the novel coronavirus. He had come back from Iran-one of the worst hit countries.
COVID-19 cases experienced a rapid surge following a brief brief pause after the first case, when more pilgrims returning from Iran tested positively. The total count of COVID-19 patients rose to 1,041 in Sindh with 413 cases; 115 in Balochistan; 296 in Punjab; 117 in K-P; 84 in Gilgit-Baltistan; 15 in Islamabad; and one in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
Speaking to parliamentary leaders via a video call, Imran said the government could not fight any challenge on its own but could conquer the challenge through nation’s collective efforts. “Only the nation can defeat coronavirus, no government can fight it alone,” he said.