March 17, 2020 / 9:28 AM / 19 days ago

Pakistan reports first death from coronavirus: health ministry

A man wears a protective mask as a preventive measure against coronavirus, while walks with others to board a train at the Cantonment railway station in Karachi, Pakistan, March 15, 2020. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan’s health ministry said on Wednesday that a coronavirus infected person had died.

The death was announced on a web portal the ministry launched on Tuesday to keep a track of the spread of the coronavirus in the South Asian nation.

It said 195 people had tested positive in Pakistan so far.

Punjab health minister Yasmin Rashid said the patient was brought to a hospital in critical condition, and that he had a history of travelling from Iran where most of the 195 people got the infection.

Reporting by Asif Shahzad; editing by Jason Neely

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