National tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases near 10,500

National tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases near 10,500

Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan on Thursday rose to 10,513.

At least 4,590 cases reported in Punjab, 3,373 in Sindh, 1, 453 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 552 in Balochistan, 290 in Gilgit Baltistan, 204 in Islamabad, and 51 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

According to the National Command and Control Centre, the death toll related to COVID-19 has reached 220, while at least 2,337 patients have fully recovered.

The number of coronavirus cases has continued to soar despite the country being under a lockdown from the last month. The nation-wide lockdown has now been extended by two more weeks, till April 30.

However, Minister for Industries and Production Hammad Azhar said the industries that are being opened include export sector, chemical manufacturing plants, e-commerce, software development and planning, paper and packaging units, industries with labor on site, cement and fertilizer plants, mines and minerals, plant nurseries, agricultural machinery plants, glass manufacturing plants, veterinary services and bookshops.

The agriculture sector will also remain open due to upcoming harvesting of wheat.

The worldwide number of officially confirmed fatalities from the novel coronavirus now stands above 180,000.