Pakistan's confirmed COVID-19 cases rise to 108,317

Pakistan's confirmed COVID-19 cases rise to 108,317

Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan on Tuesday rose to 108,317 after 4,646 new infections were reported over the past 24 hours.

Overall, 40,819 cases were reported in Punjab, 39,555 in Sindh, 14,006 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 6,788 in Balochistan, 952 in Gilgit Baltistan, 5,785 in Islamabad, and 412 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

According to the government's Covid-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached 2,172 with 105 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours while at least 35,018 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, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the government anticipates that the coronavirus cases in Pakistan will hit the peak by end of July or early August.

Addressing the nation on state television on Monday, PM Khan warned of "a very difficult time" ahead if people continued to ignore the standard operating procedures (SOPs).

The premier expressed hope that Pakistan can escape the havoc of coronavirus deaths if people seriously follow SOPs regarding precautionary measures.

He said that the government imposed calculated lockdown while keeping in view the sufferings faced by daily wagers and bread earners.

“The experience of developed countries demonstrates that lockdown cannot eradicate coronavirus completely, but surely can slow down it pace,” the premier noted.

Imran Khan said even richer countries have lifted the lockdowns after realising that their countries cannot cope with economic implications.

“We expect our peak to come by the end of July or August and then we will witness a reduction in transmission of new cases, the PM said.”

It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 7.09 million and death toll tops 405,000.