National tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases crosses 8,200

National tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases crosses 8,200

Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan on Sunday rose to 8,212.

At least 3, 686 cases reported in Punjab, 2,537 in Sindh, 1,137 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 376 in Balochistan, 257 in Gilgit Baltistan, 171 in Islamabad, and 48 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

According to the National Command and Control Centre, the death toll related to COVID-19 has reached 167, while at least 1,868 patients have fully recovered.

The number of coronavirus cases has continued to soar despite the country being under a lockdown from the last month. The nation-wide lockdown has now been extended by two more weeks, till April 30.

However, Minister for Industries and Production Hammad Azhar said the industries that are being opened include export sector, chemical manufacturing plants, e-commerce, software development and planning, paper and packaging units, industries with labor on site, cement and fertilizer plants, mines and minerals, plant nurseries, agricultural machinery plants, glass manufacturing plants, veterinary services and bookshops.

The agriculture sector will also remain open due to upcoming harvesting of wheat.

The worldwide number of officially confirmed fatalities from the novel coronavirus now stands above 158,000.

More than 2.30 million declared cases have been registered in 200 countries and territories since the epidemic first emerged in China in December. Of these cases, more than 500,000 are now considered recovered.