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The curious case of lifting lockdown in Pakistan, while COVID-19 cases cross 28,000 figure

With 1,080 new cases over the last 24 hours, Sindh has become the first province to report more than 1,000 cases in a day since the pandemic began.

lockdownThe total number of infections in the Sindh to 10,771, Murad Shah - OyeYeah News
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Pakistan witnesses surge in COVID-19 positive cases that have reached 28, 551 figure with new cases reported on Saturday, while the capital signals to lift lockdown in phases.

As the federal government moves towards lifting lockdown, the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) urges the government to follow World Health Organisation protocols and implement strict lockdown to minimize the spread of coronavirus.

While speaking at a press conference in Karachi, Dr. Ikram Tunio said, “We think the number will definitely spike. According to our information, there are five hospitals in Karachi that have a total of 63 beds reserved for coronavirus patients. If this is the condition in a city like Karachi, then you can imagine what it is like in other cities of Pakistan.”

Sindh

Sindh reports the highest single-day increase, confirming a record of 1,080 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, with 540 cases only from Karachi.

According to Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, the total number of infections in the province to 10,771.

This brings the total number of infections in the Sindh to 10,771.

He also reported four more deaths from the virus in the province, taking the total number of fatalities to 180.

Punjab

Meanwhile, Punjab reports 438 new cases, 8 more deaths, taking the provincial total to 10,471.

According to Punjab’s Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department, the total number of fatalities in the province has risen to 191, with reported 4,131 recoveries while 41 people are in critical condition.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

KP reports 182 new cases, 13 more deaths, taking the provincial tally to 4,509.

According to the KP health department, the province’s death toll from the virus rose to 234 with 13 new deaths reported — seven in Peshawar and one each in Charsadda, Khyber, Mardan, Swat, Malakand, and Abbottabad.

Balochistan

The total number of Balochistan’s cases is 1,873.

A spokesperson for Balochistan Government Liaquat Shahwani has said that the fatality rate in the province has been 1.5 percent for the past couple of months.

“The fatality rate is only 1.5 percent, this average is the same for the last few months. The recovery rate was 55pc then reduced to 15pc now it’s 13.8, it’s a little less than before,” he said.

 

Pakistan’s Covid-19 death toll rises to 623

Pakistan’s Covid-19 death toll has risen to 623 after Punjab reported eight deaths and Sindh reported four more deaths from the virus on Saturday:

The countrywide breakdown of deaths is as follows:

  • Khyber Pakhtunkhwa — 221
  • Punjab — 191
  • Sindh — 180
  • Balochistan — 24
  • Islamabad — 4
  • Gilgit Baltistan — 3

Azad Jammu and Kashmir has not reported any fatalities so far.

the authorSaman Siddiqui
Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.