Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan on Wednesday rose to 237, 489 after about 2,980 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country over the last twenty-four hours.
Overall, 83,559 cases were reported in Punjab, 97,626 in Sindh, 28,681 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 10,919 in Balochistan, 13,650 in Islamabad, 1,595 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 1,419 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
According to the government's Covid-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached 4,922 with 83 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours while around 140, 965 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.
Later, "Smart lockdowns" had been imposed in Covid-19 hotspots in major cities across the country.
National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) said that implementation on the smart lockdown in the country has significantly reduced the number of deaths.
Meanwhile, the NDMA handed over 40 intensive care units and 80 ventilators to Balochistan province to assist healthcare units in their fight against COVID-19.
According to NDMA spokesman, some 2,000 nasal cannulas, 200 finger pulse oximeters, 150 ICU beds and 200 oxygen cylinders have also been dispatched to Balochistan.
It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 11.8 million and death toll tops 542,000.