Pakistan has reported more than 2,000 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the number of infections to more than 34,000, while 31 people have died from the corona virus, health officials said on Saturday, amid easing of locking restrictions. The Pakistani government announced last week that it would begin a gradual revocation of closure because of its effect on the economy and labor. The Ministry of National Health Service said that 2,255 cases were confirmed positive on Tuesday after 11,848 tests were carried out.
A total of 31 new deaths have been reported, bringing the number of deaths in the country to 737, he said, adding that the number of confirmed corona virus infections in the country had risen to 34,336.
So far, 13,225 cases have been registered in Punjab, 12,610 in Sindh, 5,021 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 2,158 in Balochistan, 759 in Islamabad, 475 in Gilgit Baltistan, and 88 in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, the ministry said.
A total of 8,812 patients have recovered and 317,699 tests have been carried out, he said.
The number of new cases has increased rapidly since last week and officials are urging people to follow the guidelines and avoid going out.
The number of infected passengers returned to Pakistan is also disruptive. As many as 379 more citizens returning from various countries in the last 24 special flights proved positive.
Special flights carried 4,344 Pakistanis between April 28 and May 8.
Official records show that a total of 7,756 Pakistanis have returned home from abroad with 43 flights from April 14 to May 10. Of these, 682 passengers tested positive and were given treatment.
Test results for 760 passengers arriving from Dubai on May 10 are awaited. Officials confirmed that the number of positive cases among refugees returning from the UAE was higher than passengers arriving from other countries.
Meanwhile, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail tweeted that he has recovered from the novel coronavirus.
“Thank God I have received my test results where I have been tested negative for COVID19. Many thanks to all those who pray for my health. I will immediately donate blood plasma to those in need,” he said.
Ismail tested positive for the virus late last month.