Global death toll tops 463,000; over 8.8 million infected worldwide
LAHORE – The number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan rose to a total of 176,612, according to government data until Sunday morning.
The death toll related to COVID-19 has reached 3,501, according to the National Command and Control Centre, while at least 67,892 patients have fully recovered.
Punjab has reported the highest number of deaths, a total of 1,347, while Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa follow with 1,048 and 808 fatalities respectively. Balochistan has recorded 102 fatalities; Islamabad, 95 deaths; Gilgit Baltistan, 21; and Azad Kashmir, 17.
The first two fatalities from COVID-19, as the illness is officially known, were reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on March 18 (Wednesday).
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'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 the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Last 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 centers, 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 the public is encouraged to follow social distancing and self-quarantine.
In big cities of Punjab, the hardest-hit province, restrictions will be eased during the rest of the days, all shops and markets will remain between (9am-7pm) open with proper implementation of all SOPs.
The country's borders with China and India are closed while goods transport has been allowed on three crossings with Afghanistan.
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 466,000 people have died and over 8.9 million people infected by the disease as it wreaks havoc across the world. Over 4.7 million people have also recovered from a mysterious illness.
The top five countries with the most deaths are the USA (121,980), Brazil (50,058), the United Kingdom (42,589), Italy (34,610), and France (29,633).
India, the world's second-largest nation of more than a billion people, has a total of 411,727 coronavirus cases, while 13,277 people have died so far.
Bangladesh has confirmed 1,425 deaths due to COVID-19, with a total of 108,775 people infected, according to the government data.
Afghanistan has so far officially reported 28,424 cases of coronavirus and 569 deaths in the war-torn country.
Sri Lanka has confirmed 1,950 cases of COVID-19 and 11 deaths due to coronavirus.
Maldives has 2,187 cases of COVID-19; Nepal, 8,605 and Bhutan 68.
Pakistani rupee saw marginal improvement against US dollar as it appreciated in the open bank market.
On Thursday, the US dollar moved up and was being quoted at 285.3 for buying and 288.15 for selling.
Euro moves down to 311 for buying and 314 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 358.5 for buying, and 361.5 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED stands at 78 whereas the Saudi Riyal rate stands at 76.20.
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||358.5||361.5|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.63||36.98|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||173.44||175.44|
KARACHI – The gold price continues to climb up in the local market in line of upward trend in international market.
On Thursday, the single tola of 24 Karat gold was available at Rs218,600, and the price for 10-gram gold reached Rs187,420.
Meanwhile, the 22 Karat Gold price stands at Rs200,380, 21 karat rate for each tola is Rs191,275 and 18k gold rate hoveres around Rs163,950.
In international market, the price of precious metal hovers around $2,045 per ounce.
|Lahore||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Karachi||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Islamabad||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Peshawar||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Quetta||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Sialkot||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Attock||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Gujranwala||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Jehlum||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Multan||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Gujrat||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Nawabshah||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Chakwal||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Hyderabad||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Nowshehra||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Sargodha||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Faisalabad||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Mirpur||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|