Pakistan's confirmed COVID-19 cases rise to 103,671

Pakistan's confirmed COVID-19 cases rise to 103,671

Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan on Monday rose to 103,671after 4,728 new infections were reported over the past 24 hours.

Overall, 38,903 cases were reported in Punjab, 38,108 in Sindh, 13,487 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 6,516 in Balochistan, 932 in Gilgit Baltistan, 5,329 in Islamabad, and 396 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

According to the government's Covid-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached 2,067 with 65 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours while at least 34,355 patients have fully recovered from the disease.

The number of coronavirus cases has continued to soar despite the country remained under a lockdown nearly one and a half month.

Meanwhile, the government has decided to strictly monitor the standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued to protect people against the novel coronavirus.

Addressing a media briefing in Islamabad on Sunday, Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr Zafar Mirza said wearing face masks is mandatory and no leniency will be tolerated in this regard.

He said using face mask is very important against Covid-19 as it can help stop the spread of the disease by 40 to 60 percent.

The SAPM said it is obligatory to wear mask while visiting shops, markets and other places of public gathering.

Action would be taken against those who do not observe the SOPs, Dr Mirza warned, adding that the government is working on an integrated strategy against coronavirus.

He said 74 percent of those who died in Pakistan were above 50 years of age and most of them had previous underlying health conditions.

Giving latest statistics about the corona situation in the country, the SAPM said that 34 percent people, who were found corona positive, have completely recovered, over 5,000 people are admitted in various hospitals of the country, with 262 on ventilators.

It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 7.1 million and death toll tops 403,000.