Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan on Tuesday rose to 44,996.
Overall, 15,976 cases were reported in Punjab, 17,947 in Sindh, 6,554 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 2,692 in Balochistan, 550 in Gilgit Baltistan, 1034 in Islamabad, and 115 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
According to the National Command and Control Centre, the death toll related to COVID-19 has reached 969, while at least 12,489 patients have fully recovered.
The number of coronavirus cases has continued to soar despite the country remained under a lockdown nearly one and a half month.
Meanwhile, the Punjab government has allowed resumption of inter-city and inter-district transport services after a 20% reduction in fares.
Partial domestic flight operations were also restored in the country from five major airports on Saturday to facilitate the passengers.
Last week, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that we will have to learn to live with the coronavirus this year as its cure is not forthcoming soon.
In his televised address to explain the situation regarding the Covid-19, the premier said that the country could not afford an indefinite lockdown as 150 million people have been affected by the lockdown enforced to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the country.
PM Khan said that the government is prepared to deal with an increase in the number of coronavirus cases and is working on increasing healthcare capacity.
The global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 4.5 million and death toll tops 317,000.