Pakistan's confirmed COVID-19 cases rise to 253,604

Pakistan's confirmed COVID-19 cases rise to 253,604

Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan on Tuesday rose to 253,604 after about 1,979 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country over the last twenty-four hours.

Overall, 87,492 cases were reported in Punjab, 106,622 in Sindh, 30,747 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 11,192 in Balochistan, 14,202 in Islamabad, 1,694 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 1,655 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

According to the government's Covid-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached 5,320 with 50 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.

The National Command and Operation Center’s (NCOC) data shows that there has been an improvement in the number of recoveries from COVID-19 in the country with figure now reaching 170,656.

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 first provincial level meeting of the NCOC was held in Lahore on Monday.

The meeting chalked out a plan regarding special arrangements during Eid-ul-Azha to curb the spread of coronavirus.

It was also decided to ensure strict implementation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) including social distancing, wearing of face masks and screening of customers.

The meeting also decided to increase the number of cattle markets to reduce overcrowding.

Moreover, it was decided that the plan which was followed for Eid-ul-Fitr prayers will also be followed on Eid-ul-Azha.

It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 13 million and death toll tops 571,000.