LAHORE: Thirty (30) more patients, including an MPA and a police official, died of coronavirus during the last 24 hours across the province, taking the death toll in Punjab to 570.

A spokesperson for the Capital City Police Officer said the Nawankot SI Khalid Hussain tested positive two days back. The SI quarantined himself at his home and died of serious respiratory complications there.

A resident of Green Town, the police official had three wives and five children.

Of the total deaths in Punjab during the last 24 hours, seven each were reported from Lahore and Rahim Yar Khan, six from Faisalabad, two from Multan and others from Bahawalpur, Jhang, Jhelum and Narowal, according to the official figures released on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, 1,639 more people tested positive for the virus during the last 24 hours in Punjab, taking the total number of confirmed patients to 29,489.

Of the new confirmed cases, 817 were reported from Lahore, 128 from Faisalabad, 96 from Multan, 81 from Rawalpindi, 79 from Sialkot, 50 from Gurjanwala and 46 from Jhelum. They included a police officer and 10 doctors and nurses of LGH.

Published in Dawn, June 4th, 2020