ISLAMABAD: Pakistan recorded the highest one-day rise in corona virus
cases with 1,297 new infections, totaling 18,114, officials said on Saturday.
The death toll from a viral infection jumped to 417 with 32 deaths recorded in the past 24 hours Ministry of National Health Services the word.
A total of 4,715 patients have recovered, he said.
A record number of 1,297 new COVID-19 patients were added in one day on Friday, the ministry said.
However, officials said the surge in the COVID-19 case was not surprising because of an increase in coronavirus tests.
A total of 193,859 tests have been carried out so far, including 9,164 in the past 24 hours, they said.
Special Assistant for Health Dr. Zafar Mirza told reporters that Pakistan is improving testing capacity.
He said the coronavirus was still under control in this country and the death rate from this disease was also lower.
“Pakistan’s death rate is still less than the projected amount and secondly when we look at the situation around the world, it’s far less than that. If you take care of yourself, it is guaranteed that you and your family will remain safe,” he said.
Of a total of 18,114 cases, Punjab recorded the highest number of 6,733, followed by Sindh in 6,675, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 2,799, Balochistan 1,136, Islamabad 365, Gilgit-Baltistan 340 and Kashmir (PoK) which was occupied by Pakistan at 66, the health ministry said.
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday launched the second phase of the cash program for those who lost their jobs due to the pandemic.
Khan said he personally monitored the distribution of corona aid funds to ensure transparency
“So far Rs 81 billion has been distributed to people … I personally monitor this process,” he said, launching the second phase of the Ehsaas cash scheme.
The first phase was launched last month. Funds of Rs 144 billion have been set aside for the scheme.
Urging rich citizens to contribute to funds prepared for people affected by the coronavirus pandemic, Khan said the government would contribute Rs 4 for every Rs 1 donated.
Prime Minister Khan also hopes his Russian counterpart Mikhail Mishustin quick recovery and good health after he tested positive for the new corona virus.
“May Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin recover quickly and have good health. Coronavirus is a shared challenge and we stand together with our Russian friends in facing this challenge,” he tweeted.
Industry Minister Hammad Azhar told the media that as part of the steps initiated for businesses facing the heat of the pandemic, the government will pay three months electricity bills for companies whose consumption is between five and 70KW per month.
Other steps include reducing interest rates and “unprecedented tax incentives for the construction sector”.
The government will also bring interest-free loan schemes to small businesses, said Azhar.
Meanwhile, National Security Special Assistant Moeed Yusuf said that several influential people from abroad escaped mandatory testing and quarantine procedures.
“We want all Pakistanis to return as soon as possible but in a safe way. We cannot get them back and infect their loved ones, which is why we cannot give anyone exceptions for corona virus testing,” he said.
Yusuf said the process of returning Pakistanis from abroad was slow because “quarantine facilities in the country can carry 7,500 to 8,000 people at once”. Another reason, he said, was that most airports and airlines around the world did not function.