Pakistan surpasses 69,000 cases of coronavirus – 1,483 confirmed dead

Global fatalities reach 367,000; over 6 million infected worldwide

10:19 AM | 31 May, 2020
Pakistan surpasses 69,000 cases of coronavirus – 1,483 confirmed dead
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LAHORE – The number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan rose to a total of 69,496, according to government data till Sunday morning.

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Total confirmed cases: 69,496

  • Sindh: 27,360
  • Punjab: 25,056
  • Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 9,540
  • Balochistan: 4,193
  • Islamabad Capital Territory: 2,418
  • Gilgit-Baltistan: 678
  • AJK: 251

Recovered: 25,271

Deaths: 1,483

Updated as of 10:00 am, 31 May, 2020 

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COVID-19 fatalities

The death toll related to COVID-19 has reached 1,483, according to the National Command and Control Centre, while at least 25,271 patients have fully recovered.

Sindh has reported highest number of deaths, a total of 465, while Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab follow with 453 and 439 fatalities respectively. Balochistan has recorded 46 deaths; Islamabad, 23; Gilgit Baltistan, 9; and Azad Kashmir, 6.

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.

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.

In addition, the country has closed its land borders with India, Iran and Afghanistan and is screening all air travel passengers with domestic and international flight operations remain suspended.

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 371,000 people have died and over 6 million people infected by the disease as it wreaks havoc across the world. At least 2.6 million people have also recovered from the mysterious illness.

The top five countries with the most deaths are the USA (105,557), the United Kingdom (38,376), Italy (33,340), France (28,771), and Spain (27,125).

In India, world's second largest nation of more than a billion people, there are a total of 182,143 coronavirus cases, while 5,185 people have died so far.

Bangladesh has confirmed 610 deaths due to COVID-19, with a total of 44,608 people infected, according to the government data.

Afghanistan has so far officially reported 14,525 cases of coronavirus and 249 deaths in the war-torn country.

Sri Lanka has confirmed 1,629 cases of COVID-19  and 10 deaths due to coronavirus.

Maldives has 1,672 cases of COVID-19; Nepal, 1,401 and Bhutan 43.