Pakistan witnessed a sudden increase in coronavirus cases as the number of patients rose to 16, officials said on Tuesday.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza confirmed that nine new cases were identified in Karachi, capital of Sindh province.
"I can confirm 9 new cases of #COVID19 in Karachi This makes a total of 16 cases in Pakistan," he tweeted.
He said that "all these cases are contacts of an already confirmed case" and authorities were testing more people who were in contact with the infected people.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah asked all hospitals to share the record of patients with the symptoms of pneumonia to further investigate them.