Pakistan's confirmed COVID-19 cases surge to 209,337

Pakistan's confirmed COVID-19 cases surge to 209,337

Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan on Tuesday rose to 209,337 after about 2,846 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country over the last twenty-four hours.

Overall, 75,501 cases were reported in Punjab, 81,985 in Sindh, 26,115 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 10,426 in Balochistan, 12,775 in Islamabad, 1,470 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 1,065 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

According to the government's Covid-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached 4,304 with 118 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours while around 98,503 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, The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that Covid-19 pandemic is not even close to being over.

Speaking to a briefing in Geneva, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that six months after China first alerted the world body to a novel respiratory infection, the grim milestones of 10 million confirmed infections and 500,000 deaths had been reached.

"Most people remain susceptible, the virus still has a lot of room to move," he said.

"We all want this to be over. We all want to get on with our lives. But the hard reality is that this is not even close to being over. Although many countries have made some progress globally, the pandemic is actually speeding up."

It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 10.3 million and death toll tops 504,269.