COVID-19: Pakistan reports 2,738 new infections, 36 deaths in last 24 hours

COVID-19: Pakistan reports 2,738 new infections, 36 deaths in last 24 hours

Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 368,665 on Friday after 2,738 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.

Overall, 159,752 cases were reported in Sindh, 112,893 in Punjab, 43,359 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 16,642 in Balochistan, 25,719 in Islamabad, 4,494 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 5,806 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

According to the government's Covid-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached 7,561 with 36 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.

Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 327,542 after another 868 virus recoveries were reported.

Meanwhile, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr Faisal Sultan has said that government has taken timely and proportionate steps to deal with the second wave of Coronavirus pandemic.

Talking to a private news channel, he said National Command and Control Centre (NCOC) has proposed restrictions on large-scale public gatherings and issued fresh guidelines for marriage halls after the country saw a rise in COVID-19 infections in recent weeks.

Dr Faisal Sultan said public safety was of utmost top priority of government and the success of efforts made against COVID-19 would not be allowed to go to waste.

He added that the restrictions would be tightened in the cities where the positivity ratio of the virus was high.

“The government has also set up a hotline so that the citizens could inform the authorities about the violation of coronavirus standard operating procedure SOPs,” the SAPM said.

It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 56.2 million and death toll tops 1.34 million.