COVID-19: Pakistan reports 4,696 new cases, 146 deaths in last 24 hours

COVID-19: Pakistan reports 4,696 new cases, 146 deaths in last 24 hours

Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 825,519 on Saturday after 4,696 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.

Overall 283,560 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 303,182 in Punjab, 118,413 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 22,369 in Balochistan, 75,498 in Islamabad, 5,310 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 17,187 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 17,957 with 146 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.

Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 717,009 after another 5,544 virus recoveries were reported.

Meanwhile, Pakistan on Saturday announced a major cut in incoming international flights as the third wave of the novel coronavirus intensifies in the country.

According to an advisory issued by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), international air travel from May 4 to May 20, as inbound air traffic, will remain at 20 percent amid high virus prevalence around the globe.

On the other hand, while considering the increase in Covid positive cases, Singapore on Friday announced that travellers from Pakistan would not be allowed entry into the country or transit through the country from Saturday (May 1), according to a statement issued by the country’s ministry.

The statement read: “We will further tighten our border measures given the sustained increase in cases reported in the regions around Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.”

It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 150.110 million and death toll tops 3.158 million.