US to provide over $8m to Pakistan for combating coronavirus
ISLAMABAD: The United States on Saturday announced to provide over eight million dollars to Pakistan in combating Coronavirus pandemic.
In a video message, US Ambassador to Pakistan Paul Jones said that Washington is a partner with Islamabad to combat Coronavirus and announcement of over eight million dollars contributions is a step in this regard.
He said his country was collaborating with the government of Pakistan to help stop the spread of Coronavirus nationwide and to care for afflicted people.
The ambassador further said that all of the contributions were identified as top priority needs by the Pakistani authorities and they were fully paid by the American people.
Giving details, he said out of eight million dollars, three million dollars would be utilized in providing three new mobile labs so Pakistanis living in virus hotspots can be tested, treated, and monitored to stop the spread.
One million dollars would be spent for funding high-tech emergency operations centers in Islamabad, Sindh, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Balochistan while 2 million dollars was allocated to train community healthcare workers to assist people in their homes to lessen the burden on hospitals.
He said 2.4 million dollars would be spent for conducting life-saving activities in Afghan refugee and host communities in Pakistan through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
The total number of coronavirus infection cases in Pakistan has climbed to 7,481 and death toll to 143 on Saturday morning.
The infection cases include 3,391 in Punjab, 2,217 in Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 1,077, Balochistan 335, Islamabad Capital Territory 163, Gilgit-Baltistan 250, and Azad Kashmir 48 cases.
So far 1,832 patients of Coronavirus have been recovered, while breakup of 143 deaths is as follows: Sindh 47, Punjab 37, KP 50, ICT 01, Balochistan 05 and GB 03. 41 others are in a critical condition.