Coronavirus cases in Pakistan rose to 4,322 amid fierce government efforts to overcome the pandemic | Instant News

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Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday expressed concern that the situation “could worsen” and “our hospital may not be able to cope” with the increasing number of patients.

Police arrest doctor requesting PPE equipment in Quetta Pakistan on April 6 (Photo Credit: PTI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • In Pakistan, Covid-19 has claimed the lives of 63 people
  • The provinces of Punjab and Sindh constitute more than 3,000 of the total confirmed cases in Pakistan
  • Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday launched the “Ehsaas Emergency Cash Program”

Pakistan on Thursday saw a jump in 248 new corona virus cases, taking the count to 4,322, as authorities grappled with a rapidly spreading disease despite more than two weeks of partial lockdown in the country.

According to the National Health Service Department, 63 people have died due to infection, including 5 in one day. A total of 572 people have recovered. Thirty-one people are in critical condition.

The number of Covid-19 patients in Punjab is 2,171, Sindh 1,036, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) 560, Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) 213, Balochistan 212, Islamabad 102 and Kashmir occupied by Pakistan 28.

The government is concerned about the steady increase in these cases even though more than two weeks of partial closure in the country have affected the poor and affected the national economy.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday expressed concern that the situation “could worsen” and “our hospital may not be able to cope” with the increasing number of patients.

Pakistan made a panic attempt to overcome this pandemic.

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

He, however, defended his decision not to impose total lockdown, saying more than 50 million people are below the country’s poverty line and they could starve to death if such a step is taken.

Meanwhile, the prime minister on Thursday launched the “Ehsaas Emergency Cash Program” to transfer a total of Rs 144 billion in cash to 12 million poor families affected by the coronavirus crisis.

Monetary assistance will be distributed among poor families over the next two and a half weeks after biometric verification.

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