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Pakistan Coronavirus News: Pak’s ‘hero’ doctor who led the fight against COVID-19 dies | World News

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ISLAMABAD: A young doctor who led the fight against the new coronavirus in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) in Pakistan died, the region’s spokesman said, but did not specify whether he died of the virus or other causes.

Usama Riaz’s death was confirmed Sunday night by GB government spokesman Faizullah Faraq, reports The News International.

The doctor had actively participated in the detection of patients entering the region from Taftan, a city that shares a border with Iran, and had been praised for his bravery.

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“It is with extreme sadness that the Gilgit-Baltistan health department confirms that Usama Riaz, who played a key role in the coronavirus war, has died,” the GB government’s information department tweeted.

The department added that the doctor would be officially declared a national hero.

Of the 799 confirmed cases in the country, GB has reported 55 cases.

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