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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