Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan on Tuesday rose to 185,034 after 3,946 new virus cases surfaced in the country over the last twenty four hours.
Overall, 68,308 cases were reported in Punjab, 71,092 in Sindh, 22,633 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 9,587 in Balochistan, 11,219 in Islamabad, 1,326 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 869 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
According to the government's Covid-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached 3,695 with 105 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours while around 73,471 patients have fully recovered from the disease.
Nearly one-and-a-half months after imposing the lockdown across the country, the government announced to ease the lockdown in phases, however, the number of coronavirus cases has continued to soar.
Meanwhile, Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar has said the aim of targeted lockdown is to isolate maximum COVID-19 infected cases.
Chairing a briefing at NCOC in Islamabad, he said that there is a positive difference seen in the urban areas with maximum compliance of wearing masks in public places.
On Monday, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the months of June and July will be difficult for Pakistan with regards to the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
Speaking at the ceremony for commencement of three Ehsaas initiatives, including Ehsaas Rashan Portal, Ehsaas Langar and Panagah App and PM's COVID Relief Fund website, the premier said that the government is implementing smart lockdown in coronavirus hotspots of the country to protect mainly the most vulnerable people.
He maintained the elderly people and those already suffering from serious diseases are the most vulnerable people; and if they are protected against virus, the impact of the pandemic will get considerably reduced.
It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 9.2 million and death toll tops 474,000.