Coronavirus, the lethal pandemic sweeping the US and plenty of elements of the world, claimed its first Pakistani-American sufferer right here on March 23, the Pakistan day.

Haji Muhammad Anjum Iqbal, a resident of Lengthy Island, New York, died of the virus on Monday. He was 63.

Iqbal, a businessman who ran a fuel station in Queens, a borough of New York Metropolis, examined constructive to coronavirus at a hospital the place he went on March 16 after feeling sick.

Seven days later, Iqbal — a diabetic, coronary heart affected person and most cancers survivor — succumbed to the virus, which he reportedly caught at a gymnasium.

Presently, the New York State, which is nearly in a state of lockdown, has a complete of 21,689 circumstances as of Monday evening, with 157 deaths.