National tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases near 31,000

National tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases near 31,000

Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan on Monday rose to 30,941.

At least 11,561 cases reported in Punjab, 11,480 in Sindh, 4,669 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 2,017 in Balochistan, 442 in Gilgit Baltistan, 679 in Islamabad, and 86 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

According to the National Command and Control Centre, the death toll related to COVID-19 has reached 667, while at least 8,212 patients have fully recovered.

The number of coronavirus cases has continued to soar despite the country remained under a lockdown about 45 days.

However, small markets and shops in the country reopen on Monday after the government relax coronavirus lockdown, allowing the businesses to open from 8am in the morning till 5pm in the evening.

On Sunday, the governments of the four provinces, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and the administration of the federal territories decided to ease the restrictions and allow select shops and businesses to resume operations after a more than a month-long hiatus.

According to reports, shops in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh will remain open from morning till 5pm, while those in Balochistan will remain open till 4pm. Strict standard operating procedures have been issued by the provincial governments as business activities resume.

Hair dressers, gyms and other places of public gathering will continue to remain closed until further notice. The provincial governments have also announced plans to take action against shopkeepers not following virus protocols.

Global coronavirus cases surpassed 4 million and death toll tops 281,000.