Pakistan’s woman legislator dies from COVID-19 as highest daily toll recorded

      Published on Thursday, 21 May , 2020      1339 Views     
Pakistan’s woman legislator dies from COVID-19 as highest daily toll recorded

Shaheen RazaPakistan has recorded 45,898 infections and 985 deaths to date from the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus

Tuesday saw the most deaths in a single day reported, at 46. Shaheen Raza, a 65-year-old female member of the Punjab Assembly (MPA), the country’s largest province, died in the eastern city of Lahore, the CEO of Mayo Hospital, Dr Asad Aslam, told Reuters.

“She was admitted to a hospital on May 17, and brought to Mayo Hospital on Monday, where she tested positive for the virus,” Aslam said.

Passengers board a train at a station after the government eased a lockdown in Lahore on Wednesday

Raza belonged to the ruling party of Prime Minister Imran Khan and was elected on a reserved seat for women. Punjab’s Health Minister Yasmeen Rashid, who is from the same party, said Raza had been visiting quarantine centers in the province for inspections and was a cancer survivor.

Meanwhile, despite rising rates of infections and deaths, Pakistan continued to open up the country on Wednesday, with cross-country train operations restarting after almost two months.

The timing of the restart presents a challenge for authorities with the holiday of Eid Al Fitr, which marks the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan, due to falling on Sunday or Monday, subject to the sighting of the new moon – meaning tens of thousands of people will be looking to board trains for their home towns.

Category World News | 2020/05/21 latest update at 2:29 PM
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