The total number of corona virus cases in Pakistan has risen sharply to 4,601 with more than 280 new infections while the number of deaths has reached 66, health officials said on Friday.

The Ministry of National Health Service, in its morning update on its website, reported that four patients died of corona virus in the past 24 hours.

The total number of patients who died from COVID-19 has reached 66. A total of 727 have recovered while 45 are in critical condition, he said.

The total number of COVID-19 patients in the largest province of Punjab is 2,270, Sindh 1,128, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) 620, Balochistan 219, Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) 215, Islamabad 107 and Kashmir occupied by Pakistan 33.

Official data shows that so far 54,706 tests have been carried out, including 2,478 in the past 24 hours.

The government announced various measures to meet the challenges of COVID-19, including cash payments to the most needy, which began Thursday and will continue for around three weeks until 12 million families are paid Rs 12,000 each.

Meanwhile, Pakistani President Arif Alvi has announced that special prayers called ‘Salaat-u-Tauba’ (prayers for forgiveness) will be offered on Friday at Aiwan-e-Sadr or the Presidential Palace with limited meetings.

The decision was taken at Alvif’s meeting with the delegation of the Islamic Ideology Council, which was led by Qibla Ayaz in Islamabad on Thursday.

Friday’s hearing has been stopped by the government.

The Sindh government announced a total lockout from 12-3pm to stop people going to the mosque to attend Friday prayers in large congregations, according to information minister Nasir Shah.

Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit Peshawar on Friday, where he will be given detailed instructions by the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government about preventive measures taken to curb the spread of the virus.

Centers have been established throughout the country to support and provide assistance to those affected by the virus.

Pakistan made a panic attempt to overcome this pandemic.

Khan has warned people to follow official guidelines about self-isolation or the virus will spread even further.

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