Pakistan, despite its close proximity with China, remained coronavirus-free until February 26 when a young man from Karachi tested positive after returning from Iran – one of the worst-hit countries. After a brief hiatus following the first case, Covid-19 cases spiked as more pilgrims returning from Iran tested positive for the virus.
Nearly one-and-a-half months after imposing the lockdown across the country, Prime Minister Imran Khan announced to ease the lockdown in phases.
The nationwide tally of Covid-19 patients stands at 171,666 with 64,216 cases in Punjab, 65,163 in Sindh, 20,790 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 9,162 in Balochistan, 1,253 in Gilgit-Baltistan, 10,279 in Islamabad and 803 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
The virus has claimed at least 3,382 lives while around 63,504 coronavirus patients have recovered.
9:30am: Pakistan reports highest number of single-day deaths
The National Command and Operation Centre has reported 2,876 new cases, taking the nationwide tally to 171,666.
153 persons succumbed to the virus in the last 24 hours, making it the highest number of deaths in a single-day. Pakistan’s death toll stands at 3,382, while at least 63,504 patients have recovered.
9:10am: 679 cases registered for violating SOPs in Lahore
Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Lahore Zulfiqar Hameed said 679 cases have been registered for violating standard operating procedures (SOPs) across the city.
Police observed 1,303 markets and 32,925 shops and 1,782 shops were sealed for violating government orders.
19,598 shopkeepers received warnings for minor violations.
The police officer ordered all personnel to adopt precautionary measures and ensure SOPs are followed during lockdown.
8:50am: PM Imran appreciates overseas Pakistanis for helping others amid Covid-19
Prime Minister Imran Khan appreciated the philanthropic role played by the overseas Pakistani community amid Covid-19.
He said they have been a source of inspiration and have continued to help their brothers and sisters during this difficult time.
I appreciate the philanthropic role played by the Overseas Pakistani community in helping their brothers & sisters abroad during Covid19. There are many examples where the Pakistani community has been a source of inspiration, helping those around in need.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 20, 2020
8:20am: Pakistan to partially open airspace tomorrow
Prime Minister Imran Khan said Pakistan will partially open airspace for international flights tomorrow.
The premier said the reason for opening the airspace is to help overseas workers return home.
He said Pakistan’s overseas workers have suffered the most during the pandemic and the government will facilitate them in every way.
Tomorrow we will partially open airspace for intl flights.This is being done specially to help our Overseas workers who have suffered most in this pandemic but have shown great courage & made us proud. We welcome you back home & our govt will facilitate you in every way.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 20, 2020
8:00am: PM Imran orders parliamentarians to spread awareness on implementation of SOPs
Prime Minister Imran Khan has instructed parliamentarians of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to create an awareness campaign for the implementation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the government.
He asked parliamentarians to encourage people to adopt precautionary measures, adding that it is important to raise individual and collective responsibility to contain the spread of the virus.