Pakistan's tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases crosses 52,000

Pakistan's tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases crosses 52,000

Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan on Friday rose to 52,018.

Overall, 18,455 cases were reported in Punjab, 20,883 in Sindh, 7,391 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 3,198 in Balochistan, 602 in Gilgit Baltistan, 1,326 in Islamabad, and 158 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

According to the National Command and Control Centre, the death toll related to COVID-19 has reached 1,087, while at least 15,201 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, Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on National Health Services Dr Zafar Mirza has warned that the COVID-19 situation could further worsen if the people did not practice the precautionary measures.

Briefing the media in Islamabad on Friday, he said the country recorded 2603 new coronavirus cases with fifty deaths during the last twenty four hours which are the highest in a single day.

The SAPM said the country also conducted the highest number of coronavirus tests during the last twenty-four hours.

He recalled that the lockdown was eased in view of the difficulties of the poor people and the daily wagers.

Dr Zafar Mirza appealed the people to follow the SOPs agreed for Ramazan-ul-Mubarak in the prayers of Juma-tul-Wida and Eid.

The SAPM said it has been made mandatory for the people to wear masks at any gathering or while using the public transport. He said this will help the people to keep themselves and others safe from the contagion.

The global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 5.1 million and death toll tops 332,000.