Punjab MPA dies of coronavirus

LAHORE – Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) provincial lawmaker Shaukat Manzoor Cheema died from novel coronavirus as the death toll reached 1,717 in the country.

Cheema contracted infection last month and he was placed on a ventilator after his health deteriorated but he could not survive it.

The deceased MPA was elected from PP-51, Wazirabad, during the 2018 general elections. It was the third time in a row that he was elected in his constituency.

In May, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) female MPA Shaheen Raza from Gujranwala had succumbed to the coronavirus.

The number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan rose to a total of 82,287, according to government data until Wednesday evening.

The death toll related to COVID-19 has reached 1,717, according to the National Command and Control Centre, while at least 29,407 patients have fully recovered.

Punjab has reported the highest number of deaths, a total of 570, while Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa follow with 555 and 490 fatalities respectively. Balochistan has recorded 49 deaths; Islamabad, 34; Gilgit Baltistan, 12; and Azad Kashmir, 7.

The first two deaths from COVID-19, as the illness is officially known, were reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on March 18 (Wednesday).

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