Pakistan's confirmed COVID-19 cases soar to 277,402

Pakistan's confirmed COVID-19 cases soar to 277,402

Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan on Thursday rose to 276,288 after about 1,114 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country over the last twenty four hours.

Overall, 120,052 cases were reported in Sindh, 92,655 in Punjab, 33,845 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 11,708 in Balochistan, 14,987 in Islamabad, 2,090 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 2,065 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

According to the government's Covid-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached 5,924 with 32 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 246,131.

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, Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Lieutenant General Muhammad Afzal said hospitals across the country are being upgraded to facilitate Covid-19 patients.

Addressing a ceremony in Islamabad on Thursday, he said coronavirus patients need special attention and efforts are being made to facilitate them.

The NDMA chief said additional ventilators and beds were installed in hospitals across the country.

Lt Gen Muhammad Afzal said NDMA is acquiring all necessary equipment to deal with the pandemic.

It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 17.1 million and death toll tops 668,000.