ISLAMABAD, Pakistan 

Pakistan on Sunday confirmed 17 new cases of the novel coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 51, according to an official statement.

According to the Health Ministry of southern Sindh province, 16 patients who tested positive recently returned from Iran and Saudi Arabia.

“Sindh Health Department has 13 new cases of coronavirus in Sukkur. All these patients returned from Iran via Taftan were in quarantine at our facility,” the provincial ministry said on Twitter.

Earlier on Sunday, the ministry confirmed four new cases.

On Friday, Pakistan closed all educational institutions across the

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