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Coronavirus; 17th March: Latest news and updates from Pakistan

Coronavirus; 17th March: Latest news and updates from Pakistan

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In Pakistan the total number of coronavirus cases has reached 193 after new cases were reported across the country on Tuesday.
Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid said that the number of coronavirus cases in the province has risen to six after five new cases were confirmed on Tuesday. 
Sindh so far continues to remain the worst affected province after the number of confirmed cases has risen to 155 after five more cases were reported in the province.
Globally, 158 countries have been affected, more than 6,500 people have died and more than 170,000 infected by the disease called 'COVID-19' as it spreads rapidly to new territories.
The epicentre of the outbreak has now shifted to Europe as coronavirus cases are reducing in China.
PSL 2020 postponed 
The Pakistan Super League has been called off with the knockouts to go, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Tuesday. "PSL 2020 postponed, to be rescheduled. More details to follow in due course," the PCB said in a post on Twitter.
PSL-5 foreign player tested +ive
The Pakistan Cricket Board on Tuesday said the decision to postpone PSL was taken after a foreign player tested positive for coronavirus. According to Geo news, the player affected with the virus is Alex Hails.
The PCB, as part of its duty of care, has made arrangements for all the players and players support staff of the four semi-finalists, match officials, franchise owners and production crew to undergo precautionary tests and has strongly advised them to wait for the results prior to undertaking any travel, the board said in a statement.
Jazz enforces work from home
Jazz has directed its employees to work from home due to the ongoing pandemic in the world, said a press release issued by the cellular service provider.
“Jazz has mandated its 3000 plus employee base to work from home,” said the statement adding that orders will be effective from 17 March till 31 March.
The company also announced that Jazz’s experience centres will also be closed and customers can rely on alternative technical support mediums.  
Faisalabad sets up 250-bed isolation ward
Health Department allocates 250 beds in Faisalabad’s Ghulam Muhammad Abad General Hospital for coronavirus patients. According to the department, the patients diagnosed with the coronavirus will be shifted to the hospital’s isolation ward.
Matric exams cancelled in GB
Matriculation exams scheduled to be held in Gilgit Baltistan have been suspended for an indefinite in the region due to the coronavirus. The exams, which were to be conducted by Karakoram International University Examination Board, were scheduled to begin from March 31.
Pakistan — Foreign Office suspends consular service
The Foreign Office on Tuesday announced it was suspending all walk-in consular services from March 18 till April 3 due to the coronavirus outbreak. FO spokesperson Aisha Farooqui, in a tweet, said the decision has been taken to deal with the rising threat of Covid-19. She, however, clarified that the attestation of power of attorney will not be suspended in this time period.
US embassy/Consulates in Pakistan suspend visa service
 As a precautionery and preemptive measure, the US embassy in Pakistan and consulates in Pakistan have decided to suspend visa service for a indefinite period. The decision was taken as coronavirus cases spread rapidly in Pakistan.

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