Pakistan's confirmed COVID-19 cases soar to 266,096

Pakistan's confirmed COVID-19 cases soar to 266,096

Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan on Tuesday rose to 266,096 after about 1,013 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country over the last twenty-four hours.

Overall, 113,553 cases were reported in Sindh, 90,444 in Punjab, 32,243 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 11,441 in Balochistan, 14,625 in Islamabad, 1,868 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 1,922 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

According to the government's Covid-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached 5,639 with 40 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 208,030.

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, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on National Health Dr Zafar Mirza has said the testing capacity for Covid-19 is increasing in the country.

The special assistant said the death ratio of Covid-19 patients remains low due to better arrangements made by the government, adding that new infections have also declined.

He said citizens must follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the government to contain the spread of COVID-19.

It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 14.8 million and death toll tops 613,000.