Coronavirus kills 50 in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: The death toll has soared to 50 and total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country have reached to above 3,280.
These include 1493 cases in Punjab, 881 in Sindh, 405 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 191 inBalochistan, 210 in Gilgit-Baltistan, 82 in Islamabad Capital Territory and 15 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
According to the National Command and Operation Centre, 397 new coronavirus cases were detected in last twenty-four hours.
Fifty people have died of coronavirus since its outbreak in Pakistan, which include 15 each in Sindh and Punjab, 16 in KP, one in Balochistan, and three in Gilgit-Baltistan. However, 257 people have been recovered, while 1,285 COVID patients are hospitalized and 17 of them are in critical condition.
The government has also enhanced testing facilities and a total number of 35,875 tests have so far been conducted. Isolation facilities have been established in 462 hospitals across Pakistan with a capacity of 7,295 beds. Besides, 17,879 coronavirus affected people have been housed at 323 Quarantine facilities.
On Apr 4, Prime Minister Imran Khan had said the government was walking on tightrope in maintaining balance between a lockdown to prevent spread of COVID-19 and ensuring that people do not die of hunger and economy does not collapse.
In a tweet, he had said, “In the subcontinent, with a high rate of poverty, we are faced with the stark choice of having to balance between a lockdown necessary to slow down and prevent spread of COVID19, ensuring people don’t die of hunger and our economy doesn’t collapse.”
The prime minister had said the government had locked down educational institutions, malls, marriage halls, restaurants and other places where public congregates. But, to stop the devastation of the lockdown it had kept the agriculture sector open and it was now opening up construction sector, he had said.