There were now at least 195 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the country, said Sajid Shah, a spokesperson for the health ministry Said.
Officials fear that the number of patients could rise exponentially as a large number of suspected patients were still waiting for lab results.
The government has taken a number of steps to control the spread of virus including closure of educational institutions and ban on public gatherings.
On Tuesday, the final round of cricket league was postponed after a foreign player who had left last week displayed symptoms of the coronavirus.
The fifth edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) was the first big tournament in the country since an attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in 2009.
“Safety comes first, cricket comes second,’’ Wasim Khan, chief executive officer Pakistan Cricket Board told media as he announced the decision.
The UNHCR temporarily suspended voluntary repatriation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan due to the extenuating circumstances. Pakistan hosts around 2.7 million Afghan refugees.
The foreign office also announced the suspension of all walk-in consular services from March 18, until April 3 due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Last week, the authorities decided to the seal border with Iran and Afghanistan and restricted international flights.
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