Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan on Thursday rose to 240,848 after about 3,359 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country over the last twenty-four hours.
Overall, 84,587 cases were reported in Punjab, 99,362 in Sindh, 29,052 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 11,052 in Balochistan, 13,731 in Islamabad, 1,605 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 1,459 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
According to the government's Covid-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached 4,983 with 61 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.
According to National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), there has been an improvement in the number of recoveries from COVID-19 in the country with figure now reaching 145,311.
The number of active COVID-19 cases in the country are now 90,554.
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.
As per NCOC, the implementation on the smart lockdown in the country has significantly reduced the number of deaths.
Meanwhile, the NCOC has formed a committee led by Interior Minister Brig (Retd) Ijaz Ahmed Shah to prevent spread of disinformation and fake news about COVID-19 pandemic on social media, the Radio Pakistan reported.
The decision was taken in a meeting of the NCOC with Minister for Planning and Development, Asad Umar in the chair.
The committee will prepare legal framework to prevent and counter dis-information and suggest action against those involved in spreading false information about the pandemic.
The NCOC meeting reviewed comprehensive death data analysis, update on committee countering COVID-19 related dis-information.
Speaking on the occasion, Asad Umar said that the NCOC would also visit all provincial headquarters besides holding meetings there in order to further enhance coordination among provinces.
He said they would change the current crisis into opportunity to bring further improvement in the health sector of the country.
It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 12 million and death toll tops 546,000.