National tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases crosses 20,100

National tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases crosses 20,100

Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan on Monday rose to 20,186.

At least 7,524 cases reported in Punjab, 7,465 in Sindh, 3,129 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 1,218 in Balochistan, 364 in Gilgit Baltistan, 415 in Islamabad, and 71 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

According to the National Command and Control Centre, the death toll related to COVID-19 has reached 462, while at least 5,590 patients have fully recovered.

The number of coronavirus cases has continued to soar despite the country being under a lockdown from the last month.

The government has extended the nation-wide lockdown till May 9 while cautioning the nation that the anti-virus fight had entered a decisive phase that would set the future course of action regarding the restrictions.

However, Minister for Industries and Production Hammad Azhar said the industries that are being opened include export sector, chemical manufacturing plants, e-commerce, software development and planning, paper and packaging units, industries with labor on site, cement and fertilizer plants, mines and minerals, plant nurseries, agricultural machinery plants, glass manufacturing plants, veterinary services and bookshops.

The agriculture sector will also remain open due to upcoming harvesting of wheat.

Global coronavirus cases surpassed 3.5 million on Monday and deaths neared a quarter of a million, according to a foreign news agency tally.