Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan on Friday rose to 221,896 after about 4,087 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country over the last twenty-four hours.
Overall, 78,956 cases were reported in Punjab, 89,225 in Sindh, 27,170 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 10,666 in Balochistan, 13,195 in Islamabad, 1,524 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 1,160 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
According to the government's Covid-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached 4,551 with 78 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours while around 113,623 patients have fully recovered from the disease.
Nearly one-and-a-half months after imposing the lockdown across the country, the government announced to ease the lockdown in phases, however, the number of coronavirus cases has continued to soar.
Meanwhile, Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar has said that the better compliance of Standards Operating Procedures (SOPs) by the people has helped check the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
Briefing media persons at National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) in Islamabad on Friday, he pointed out that the number of Corona patients in hospitals today are less than those which were in the midst of June.
"Similarly, there is reduction in the number of deaths as well as the patients on ventilators and oxygen", he noted.
Asad Umar said that the situation could further improve if the people continue to follow the precautionary measures.
He appreciated the efforts put in by the administration and provincial governments to ensure compliance of the SOPs.
The minister said that Karachi is the area where improvement is yet to be seen.
"We are engaged with the provincial authorities to improve the situation there as well," he added.
It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 10.9 million and death toll tops 524,000.