ISLAMABAD: The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country has soared to 18,114, while the death toll from the virus stands at 417, with 32 new deaths.
According to National Command and Operation Center, these include 6733 cases in Punjab, 6675 in Sindh, 2799 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 1136 in Balochistan, 340 in Gilgit-Baltistan, 365 in Islamabad Capital Territory and 66 in Azad Kashmir.
4715 patients have so far recovered and 1,297 new infectioncases have been reported during the last twenty four hours. 97 others are in critical condition.
On May 1, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Shibli Faraz had said the government would take along all the federating units to address the situation arising out of coronavirus.
Addressing a news conference in Islamabad, he had said the nation was faced with an unprecedented challenge of Covid-19 and a collective response is required to meet it.
He had said the government had given the concept of smart lockdown to protect the daily wagers and labourers from the impacts of Coronavirus. He had said the country cannot afford a complete lockdown due to our economic situation. He had said there was now greater realization including in Sindh of striking a balance in the lockdown and the economic activity.
The Information Minister had said this is the first government which had taken practical steps including that of Panagahs and Sehat cards for the well-being and protection of the workers.