Pakistan's confirmed COVID-19 cases soar to 267,428

Pakistan's confirmed COVID-19 cases soar to 267,428

Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan on Tuesday rose to 267,428 after about 1,332 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country over the last twenty-four hours.

Overall, 114,104 cases were reported in Sindh, 90,816 in Punjab, 32,523 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 11,469 in Balochistan, 14,701 in Islamabad, 1,878 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 1,937 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

According to the government's Covid-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached 5,677 with 38 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 210,468.

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, Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar on Wednesday congratulated the NDMA for completing the target of providing 2,000 oxygenated beds in hospitals across Pakistan.

In a tweet, the minister said the federal government decided to increase the number of oxygenated beds from 1,000 by the end of June to 2,000 by the end of July.

"It is a matter of great satisfaction that 2,277 beds have been added till date. More work is still going on," Asad wrote.

It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 15 million and death toll tops 616,000.