Situation Report: Pakistan Adds 1,581 New Cases, 31 Deaths in 24 Hours

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 38,799 on Saturday after new infections were confirmed in the country.

Total confirmed cases: 38,799

  • Sindh: 14,916
  • Punjab: 14,201
  • Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 5,678
  • Balochistan: 2,457
  • Islamabad Capital Territory: 921
  • Gilgit-Baltistan: 518
  • AJK: 105

Deaths: 834

  • Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 291
  • Sindh: 255
  • Balochistan: 31
  • Gilgit-Baltistan: 4
  • Punjab: 245
  • Islamabad Capital Territory: 7
  • AJK: 1

Officials have recorded more than 4.5 million cases and more than 301,000 deaths since the virus emerged in China in December.

Lahore, Pakistan — Staying at home only way to stem the spread of virus: CM Punjab

Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has said they were trying to their best to make sure the public was following the social distancing rules as it was the only way to stem the spread of the virus.

“Staying at home is the only to mitigate the mitigate the coronavirus’s impact,” he said.

He added the government was aware of the situation arising as a result of the virus. “We decided to ease the lockdown after taking a look at the economic hardships faced by the common man.”

“The danger of the virus is still around, everyone needs to take precautions and show responsibility,” Buzdar added.

Peshawar, Pakistan — Senior LRH doctor resigns over lack of resources, inadequate facilities at hospital

A senior doctor at Peshawar’s Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) has resigned citing a lack of resources and inadequate facilities at the hospital for the staff.

According to the doctor, the healthcare facility is not equipped to tackle the influx of coronavirus patients and that there are minimal resources for the staff working in the intensive care units (ICU).

The doctor added, there were running the ICU with hardly any staff.

Hospital authorities have said that they are in discussion with the doctor.

“We have not accepted Dr Ayesha’s resignation,” an LHR spokesperson said, adding that the hospital’s ICU was equipped with the latest equipment. 

Islamabad, Pakistan — ECC approves cash assistance for labourers

The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) has approved a Rs75bn emergency cash assistance package for labourers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to which they will be provided Rs12,000.

The ECC in its meeting at the Cabinet Division on Friday approved the Emergency Cash Assistance (Criteria and Mechanism) to the labourers. The announcement had been made earlier by PM Imran and only required the formal approval of the ECC.

The prime minister on May 3, had announced that the funds collected through PM’s COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Assistance Fund 2020 will be used to assist the labourers whose livelihood has been affected. 

Islamabad, Pakistan — Limited flight domestic flight operations to resume from today

Limited domestic flight operations will resume in the country from today after the government decided to let five major airports resume operations.

The five airports will be Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, and Quetta. Federal Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan said that strict SOPs will be enforced to ensure safety of passengers and crew.

The authority said that no visitors shall be allowed at the airports and the drivers will have to stay inside the vehicles.

9:30am — Islamabad, Pakistan — Islamabad reports 55 new cases

Confirmed cases in the country rose to 38,799 after new cases were reported in Islamabad.

According to the national dashboard, 55 new cases were detected in the federal capital in the last 24 hours, taking the city’s tally of confirmed cases to 921.

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