Pakistan’s Positive Cases Cross 188,000, Death Toll Jumps Past 3,750

Pakistan’s total positive cases rose to 188,639 on Wednesday after Punjab in the last 24 hours reported 1,228 new cases in the province. 

The nationwide tally of Covid-19 patients stands at 188,926 with 69,536 cases in Punjab, 72,656 in Sindh, 23,388 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 9,634 in Balochistan, 1,337 in Gilgit-Baltistan, 11,483 in Islamabad and 892 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

The virus has claimed at least 3,755 lives while around 77,754 coronavirus patients have recovered.

10:15am: Punjab health minister distributes certificates to medical team at SIMS, Lahore

Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid distributed certificates to doctors, nurses and paramedical staff serving in the corona ward at Services Institute of Medical Sciences (SIMS) in Lahore.

Addressing the staff, the health minister said Pakistan is passing through a difficult time, adding that this is an opportunity to serve the nation with full dedication and commitment.

She lauded doctors, nurses and the paramedical staff for serving on the frontline against the deadly disease.

9:50am: ‘Govt making all efforts to combat Covid-19’

Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar said the government is making all efforts to combat Covid-19 and with the implementation of precautionary measures, the country will be able to mitigate the deadly disease.

9:25am: NDMA distributes ninth batch of safety equipment to Balochistan, K-P

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) sends its ninth batch of safety equipment to doctors in Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P).

91,000 types of medical and face masks, 25,000 surgical gowns, 7,000 protective suits, 40,000 gloves 3,000 plastic boots, 10,000 safety goggles and 100 thermal guns were distributed to doctors in Balochistan.

Meanwhile, K-P received 130,000 types of medical and face masks, 25,000 surgical gowns, 10,000 protective suits, 80,000 gloves, 3,000 plastic boots, 150 thermal guns and 15,000 safety goggles.

9:00am: Govt to refund amount to Pakistanis intending pilgrims of Hajj, says Qadri 

Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Dr Noorul Haq Qadri said the government has decided to refund Pakistanis intending pilgrims of Hajj.

A statement issued by the minister said the refund procedure will begin soon and the intending pilgrims will be informed via text message after completing the necessary procedure.

The minister welcomed the decision taken by the Saudi government to conduct Hajj on a limited scale this year, adding that the decision was taken in accordance with the Shariah.

8:20am: Nationwide tally stands at 188,926

The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) reported 3,892 new cases, raising the nationwide tally to 188,926.

Another 60 persons succumbed to the virus in the 24-hour period and Pakistan’s death toll stands at 3,755, while at least 77,754 patients have recovered.

The NCOC said Sindh has reported the highest number of cases.

In the last 24 hours, 23,380 tests were carried out.

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