Covid-19 claims a record of 40 lives a day in Pak, the state is discussing loosening of lockdown – world news | Instant News


Pakistan on Wednesday recorded a record of 40 deaths from Covid-19 coronavirus, bringing the total number to 526.

The Ministry of National Health Service said that Punjab reported 8,420 cases, Sindh 8,189, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 3,499, Balochistan 1,495, Islamabad 485, Gilgit-Baltistan 386 and Kashmir which was occupied by Pakistan 76 cases.

The country detected 1,049 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours (between Tuesday and Wednesday), bringing the total to 22,413, he said.

A total of 6,217 patients have recovered. So far 232,582 tests have been carried out, including 10,178 in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s main decision-making body, the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), on Wednesday proposed easing restrictions on locking and the resumption of transportation services across the country after May 9.

NCOC addresses the issue of allowing public transportation and opening more businesses ahead of the Eid festival which will be celebrated on May 24 or 25 depending on the appearance of the month. The meeting was chaired by the Minister of Planning and Development Asad Umar.

But officials said that all provinces opposed the proposal at the NCOC meeting and the final decision would be taken by the Prime Minister at a National Coordinating Committee (NCC) meeting on Thursday.

The meeting, which will be attended by all key ministers, will make a final decision on easing lockdown.

The PTI news agency reported that 180 people out of 209 passengers who were taken from Dubai to Pakistan tested positive and moved to the quarantine center in Lahore on Wednesday.

The famous charity worker Faisal Edhi, who is chairman of the Edhi Foundation, tweeted that he has recovered from coronavirus. He tested positive for a new corona virus on April 21.

More than 3.71 million people have been reported infected by Covid-19 globally and 258,186 people have died.

Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and regions since the first case was identified in China in December 2019.

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