–NCOC directs provinces to devise tourism guidelines
ISLAMABAD: The total number of recovered coronavirus patients in the country has reached 259,604.
According to the latest statistics issued by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Saturday, there are now 17,815 active cases in Pakistan. A total of 842 new cases were reported over the last twenty-four hours, taking the number of positive cases in the country to 283,487.
Sindh remains the worst-hit province by the pandemic in terms of number of cases, followed by Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Islamabad.
Of the total reported cases, 123,246 cases have been detected in Sindh so far, 94,223 in Punjab, 34,539 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 11,835 in Balochistan, 15,214 in Islamabad, 2,129 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and 2,301 in Gilgit Baltistan.
Out of the total Covid-related fatalities, 2,259 occurred in Sindh, 2,166 in Punjab, 1222 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 137 in Balochistan, 171 in Islamabad, 55 in Gilgit Baltistan, and 58 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
Pakistan has so far conducted 2,103,699 coronavirus tests and 24,366 in the last 24 hours.
Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus cases worldwide has crossed 19 million as European nations imposed new travel restrictions and containment measures with fears growing over a second wave of infections.
Global deaths from the pandemic have topped 700,000, and Europe remains the hardest-hit region worldwide with more than 200,000 fatalities since the virus first emerged in China late last year.
More than half of Africa’s cases are in South Africa, which has the fifth-highest number of infections in the world, after the US, Brazil, India, and Russia.
The National Command and Operation Centre has directed the provinces to devise guidelines for managing tourism to contain the resurgence of Covid-19 outbreak.
Directives were given in an NCOC meeting chaired by Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar, here on Saturday.
The meeting discussed opening up the tourism sector with standard operating procedures (SOPs) and safety guidelines for containment of disease.
The forum highlighted that violations of SOPs have been observed at almost all tourist destinations and emphasized that if tourism is not managed well, it might cause another wave of infections.