Pakistan's coronavirus count reaches 2039, Command Center is in place for coordinated response

ISLAMABAD: The count of positive cases in Pakistan Arriving in 2039, health authorities confirmed on Wednesday.

and Sindh topped the list with 708 and 676 cases. Pakistan occupied Kashmir reported six cases, while there were 158 in , 184 in Gilgit Baltistan, 54 in Islamabad, and 253 cases in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Authorities said the sudden increase in the count was due to imported cases, while about 27 percent was due to local transmission of the highly contagious virus.

The country has reported 26 deaths so far.

The National Coordination Committee, chaired by the Prime Minister. Imran Khan , has formed a National Command Center for a more coordinated response against the coronavirus outbreak.

The Center, led by Lt. Gen. Mehmood-uz-Zaman, became operational as of Tuesday (March 31).

Moreover, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has also agreed that the expenditure incurred on Covid-19 would not be treated as part of the budget deficit of Pakistan .