–Pakistan records highest surge in new coronavirus cases, deaths
ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on National Health Services Dr Zafar Mirza on Friday warned that the Covid-19 situation could further worsen if the people did not practice the precautionary measures.
Briefing the media, he said that the country recorded 2,603 new coronavirus cases with 50 deaths during the last 24 hours which are the highest in a single day.
He said that the country also conducted the highest number of coronavirus tests during the last twenty-four hours. He recalled that the lockdown was eased in view of the difficulties of the poor people and the daily wagers.
Dr Mirza appealed the people to follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs) agreed for the holy month of Ramzan in Eid prayers. He said that the government had made it mandatory for the people to wear masks in any gathering or while using the public transport. He added that this would help the people to keep themselves and others safe from the contagion.
The emergence of 2,603 new cases across the country takes the nation-wide tally to almost 50,700 cases. More than 1,000 people have died from the virus so far.
As for patients under treatment from Covid-19, there are about 11,561 patients in hospitals across the country out of which 372 are said to be in a critical condition.
The number of coronavirus patients in Sindh have increased from 18,455, to 19,924. An estimated 18,455 cases have been reported from Punjab, 7,155 cases from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and 3,074 cases have emerged in Balochistan till date. Moreover, the number of coronavirus patients in Islamabad have increased to 1,326, 602 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 158 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
The country has been easing its lockdown in order to ward off an economic crisis from stagnating growth and the adverse effects of coronavirus on the financial structure of the country.