Pakistan’s coronavirus cases on Monday passed 72,000 with 2,964 new patients while the number of deaths rose to 1,543 after 60 people lost their lives in the past 24 hours, health officials said.
According to the Ministry of National Health Service, 2,964 new infections emerged during the last 24 hours, bringing the number of corona viruses nationwide to 72,460.
The death toll reached 1,543 after 60 other deaths were reported over the past 24 hours.
According to the ministry, 28,245 cases have been diagnosed in Sindh, 26,240 in Punjab, 10,027 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 4,393 in Balochistan, 2,589 in Islamabad, 711 in Gilgit-Baltistan, and 255 in Kashmir occupied by Pakistan.
The ministry indicated that 26,083 patients had recovered so far from the virus. The authorities have conducted 561,136 tests, including 14,398 in the past 24 hours.
In May it registered almost 52,000 new cases of the corona virus when the count jumped from 69,474 to 17,699 cases, while the number of deaths increased from 408 to 1,483. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan will chair an important meeting of the National Coordinating Committee (NCC) which is expected to decide on a future strategy to deal with the increasing threat of a pandemic on Monday.
The meeting will discuss various options, including locking that had died down about two weeks ago. However, a minister said that increasing restrictions on people was not actively considered.
“The locking option is always on the table, but it is not being actively considered,” Planning Minister Asad Umar said on Sunday.
Umar heads the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) which recommends steps for NCC consideration and also implements its decisions.
On May 9, Pakistan began reducing lockouts for a month despite a steady increase in the number of corona virus cases. Prime Minister Khan has said that Pakistan will gradually reduce national lockdown by allowing businesses to open, citing the economic crisis due to the closure, which took effect in the country in late March.
Pakistan on Friday announced the resumption of international flights out of Saturday, more than two months after services were stopped due to a coronavirus pandemic. PTI SH AMS
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