Pakistan approaches 93,894 cases of coronavirus – 1,935 confirmed dead
Global fatalities reach 398,000; over 6.6 million infected worldwide
LAHORE – The number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan rose to a total of 93,894, according to government data till Saturday morning.
Total confirmed cases: 93,894
- Sindh: 34,889
- Punjab: 35,308
- Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 12,459
- Balochistan: 5,776
- Islamabad Capital Territory: 4,323
- Gilgit-Baltistan: 897
- AJK: 331
Updated as of 09:00 am, 06 June, 2020
The death toll related to COVID-19 has reached 1,935, according to the National Command and Control Centre, while at least 32,581 patients have fully recovered.
Punjab has reported highest number of deaths, a total of 607, while Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa follow with 575 and 500 fatalities respectively. Balochistan has recorded 51 deaths; Islamabad, 38; Gilgit Baltistan, 12; and Azad Kashmir, 7.
The first two fatalities from COVID-19, as the illness is officially known, were reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on March 18 (Wednesday).
KNOW ABOUT COVID-19
Citizens are advised to:
- Wash hands regularly with soap, besides cleaning surfaces regularly with recommended disinfectants
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with contaminated hands
- Practice respiratory hygiene by coughing or sneezing into a bent elbow or tissue and then immediately dispose it off
- Wear a medical or surgical mask if have respiratory symptoms - Perform hand hygiene after disposing off the mask.
- Maintain a minimum of mandatory 1 meter distance from individuals with respiratory symptoms
- If symptoms appear, doctors or 1166 should be approached immediately
'Smart' lockdowns in Pakistan
Although Prime Minister Imran Khan has ruled out a total lockdown to avoid drastic consequences on the national economy, Pakistan -- a nation of over 220 million people -- has already placed a general ban on public gatherings - including weddings, social gatherings and other types of congregations.
Wearing masks at crowded places has been declared mandatory to prevent spread of the novel coronavirus.
Earlier this month, the federal government announced to cancel all board exams, besides extending vacations of all educational institutions till July 15 across Pakistan, with schools and other educational institutions remain shut.
In addition to that, an enforced closure of all shopping centres, cinemas, public parks, non-essential government offices and other locations where people might congregate is in place. Grocery stores and pharmacies, however, remain open.
Partial lockdowns are in place across the country while public being encouraged to follow social distancing and self-quarantine.
Punjab will impose a complete lockdown on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays while restrictions will be eased during rest of the days, meanwhile all shops and markets will remain open with proper implementation of all SOPs.
All the national and foreign airlines have been allowed to resume their flight operations between Pakistan and the rest of the world as the country’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on May 29 announced to lift curbs imposed on March 21 in order to stop the spread of coronavirus disease.
Both national and foreign airlines will be allowed to operate from all international airports of Pakistan except Gwadar and Turbat.
The country's borders with China and India are closed while goods transport has been allowed on Torkham and Chaman border for six days a week.
Meanwhile, the federal government is providing cash assistance of 12,000 rupees to over 12 million deserving families under Ehsaas Emergency Cash Program in the wake of COVID-19.
Latest on Coronavirus from around the world
The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is affecting 210 countries and territories around the world and 2 international conveyance.
More than 398,000 people have died and over 6.6 million people infected by the disease as it wreaks havoc across the world. At least 3.1 million people have also recovered from the mysterious illness.
The top five countries with the most deaths are the USA (111,390), the United Kingdom (40,261), Italy (33,774), Brazil (35,047), and France (29,111).
In India, world's second largest nation of more than a billion people, there are a total of 236,657 coronavirus cases, while 6,649 people have died so far.
Bangladesh has confirmed 811 deaths due to COVID-19, with a total of 60,391 people infected, according to the government data.
Afghanistan has so far officially reported 18,969 cases of coronavirus and 309 deaths in the war-torn country.
Sri Lanka has confirmed 1,801 cases of COVID-19 and 11 deaths due to coronavirus.
Maldives has 1,883 cases of COVID-19; Nepal, 2,912 and Bhutan 48.
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