Islamabad (Web Desk): Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shibli Faraz on Saturday said that COVID-19 cases have declined due to the smart lockdown strategy being implemented across the country.
Addressing a ceremony in Islamabad, the federal minister appreciated the masses for following standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the government.
He lauded the pivotal role of doctors, nurses and other paramedical staff fight on the frontline against the pandemic.
The government is working hard to increase the testing capacity in Pakistan, he said, adding that the number of testing laboratories has been increased to 129 from 2.
Shibli said in the past all the medical equipment was being imported but now the Ministry of Science and Technology had even started to manufacture ventilators in the country.
He expressed satisfaction at the recovery rate of patients suffering from the infectious disease and stressed that if everybody continued their efforts, time will come when number of patients will be considerably reduced and hospitals will be empty.
The information minister urged the nation to unite against the coronavirus disease and not pay attention to rumours or false information.
It may be mentioned here that 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.
According to the National Command and Control Centre (NCOC) the country also recorded 68 deaths in the last 24 hours to take the tally to 4,619.
However, around 125,094 patients have so far recovered from the disease, the NCOC added.