The total number of patients who died due to COVID-19 has reached 54. A total of 429 have recovered while 28 are in critical condition, he said.
According to officials, Punjab has 1,918 cases, Sindh 932, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 500, Gilgit-Baltistan 211, Balochistan 202, Islamabad 83 and Kashmir 18 occupied by Pakistan.
The country has so far tested 39,183 people, including 3,088 over the past 24 hours. An increasing number of new cases are reported despite busy efforts to reduce the spread of the virus. The government has extended the partial lock-up to April 14 and asked people to stay at home and follow social distance.
Prime Minister Imran Khan also announced a financial package of Rs 1,200 billion to help vulnerable people and businesses. Meanwhile, medical staff across Pakistan have complained for weeks because of a lack of safety equipment in hospitals because they treat patients suffering from coronavirus.
Police on Monday arrested doctors and medical staff in Balochistan for protesting the lack of protective teeth. According to the President of the Association of Young Doctors Dr. Yasir Khan, more than 150 doctors and paramedics have been arrested.
The doctors and medical staff wanted to protest outside the Chief Minister when the police accused them. The protest came after more than a dozen doctors contracted a virus that was reported while carrying out their duties.
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Gulzar Ahmed, on Monday criticized the government for its lack of efforts to fight the corona virus, saying “nothing was done in the field.”
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