Pakistan's confirmed COVID-19 cases soar to 225,283

Pakistan's confirmed COVID-19 cases soar to 225,283

Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan on Saturday rose to 225,283 after about 3,387 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country over the last twenty-four hours.

Overall, 80,297 cases were reported in Punjab, 90,721 in Sindh, 27,506 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 10,717 in Balochistan, 13,292 in Islamabad, 1,536 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 1,214 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

According to the government's Covid-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached 4,619 with 68 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours while around 125,094 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, the United Nations (UN) has warned that COVID-19 is affecting peace and security worldwide.

While addressing a virtual meeting of the Security Council, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that tensions are rising as a result of the severe socioeconomic fallout of the pandemic.

He noted that protection of health care workers and humanitarian volunteers, helping the virus affectees, is our collective responsibility.

Antonio Guterres urged the Security Council to play its part in protecting the millions of people in more than 100 conflict zones worldwide.

It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 11 million and death toll tops 529,000.