Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan on Friday rose to 270,400 after about 1,209 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country over the last twenty-four hours.
Overall, 115,883 cases were reported in Sindh, 91,423 in Punjab, 32,898 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 11,523 in Balochistan, 14,766 in Islamabad, 1,918 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 1,989 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
According to the government's Covid-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached 5,763 with 54 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 219,183.
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, the NCOC has decided to launch crackdown against illegal cattle markets.
As per code of conduct issued by the concerned authorities, implementation on the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in the cattle markets and health of the masses would be ensured to avoid contracting coronavirus.
It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 15.50 million and death toll tops 632,000.