Islamabad, November 22 (UNI) Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday expressed concern over the surge in coronavirus cases across the country, urging opposition parties to avoid public demonstrations to stop the pandemic.
According to the latest official data released Sunday morning, a total of 2,665 new COVID-19 cases were recorded with 59 deaths in Pakistan over the past 24 hours.
The death toll in the country now stands at 7,662 while active cases are now 36,683, according to figures released by the health ministry.
“Pakistan’s second COVID-19 spike data is of concern: Increase in Covid patients on ventilators in the last 15 days,” tweeted the prime minister.
“Around the world there is a second spike & total lockdown in most countries,” he said, adding that opposition party rallies would endanger lives and livelihoods.
“If cases continue to increase at the rate we are seeing, we will be forced to lock down completely,” Khan said in a series of tweets.
The prime minister said he did not want to reimpose a lockdown that would hurt the country’s economy with signs of recovery.
Previously, the prime minister had announced the cancellation of the government’s plan to hold a public meeting due to the second wave of COVID-19 in Pakistan.
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