ISLAMABAD: At least 4,646 new coronavirus cases have surfaced in the country over the last twenty-four hours taking the total tally to 108,317 in Pakistan.
These include 40,819 cases in Punjab, 39,555 in Sindh, 14,006 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 6,788 in Balochistan, 5,785 in Islamabad, 952 Gilgit-Baltistan and 412 in Azad Kashmir.
The death toll from the virus stands at 2,172 with 105 deaths reported over the last twenty-four hours.
35,018 patients have so far recovered from the disease. 1,489 are in critical condition
National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser has urged all the members to strictly follow the standard operating procedure (SOP) to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The speaker underlined such a need while chairing a meeting of the parliamentary leaders in the National Assembly to discuss modus operandi for conducting sittings of the National Assembly during COVID-19.
Asad Qaiser said 13 members of the House and a significant number of staff members had been tested positive for COVID-19.
It was agreed in the meeting that session is being held in special circumstance hence all Standards Operating Procedures should be followed by the members and the staff in letter and spirit.
The meeting also decided not to take any other issue but the members’ only take part in general discussion on budget and its passage.
It was also agree upon that the sittings of the assembly would stretch up to three hours with presence of 25% of the total membership of assembly during a particular sitting.
The meeting also decided to hold discussion on issues of PIA air crash, Steel Mills, locusts attack on crops, sugar crisis and atrocities of Indian forces in occupied Kashmir during the pre-budget sittings of the assembly.