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Islamabad, Pakistan — Confirmed cases rise to 278,000, death toll climbs to 5,951

By: Web Desk

Confirmed cases in Pakistan climbed to 278,305 on Friday after 906 new infections were reported in the country over the last 24 hours.

According to the national dashboard there are 2,073 cases in AJK, 11,732 in Balochistan, 2,105 in GB, 15,014 in Islamabad, 33,958 in KP, 92,873 in Punjab and 120,550 in Sindh.

The country also reported 27 fatalities taking the death toll to 5,951. 

Coronavirus cases in Punjab reduced due to smart lockdown strategy’

Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar said coronavirus cases in the province have reduced due to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s smart lockdown strategy.

He said steps taken by the premier are being lauded at an international level. 

The chief minister urged citizens to follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) on Eidul Azha to prevent the spread of the virus. 

Karachi turns to collective sacrifice amid pandemic

A pandemic-induced economic crisis has resulted in the public’s increased inclination towards collective sacrifice in Karachi this Eidul Azha.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, Imranul Haq, the administrator of a mosque who also volunteers at a welfare organisation, explained that the economic challenges following the pandemic had significantly reduced people’s purchasing power, leading to a rise in the trend of collective sacrifice.

He estimated that a rise of 30 per cent to 40 per cent had been observed in the trend as compared to last year, in the absence of any official data to corroborate these numbers.

Pakistan reports 903 new infections, 27 deaths

The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) reported 903 new infections in the last 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 278,305.

The country’s death toll hit 5,951 after the virus claimed 27 more lives in the 24-hour period. At least 247,177 patients have recovered in the country.Updated Jul 31, 09:48

‘Pakistan can achieve economic growth target of 2.1%’

Pakistan’s economy steps into the new fiscal year (FY21) with a host of challenges, including Covid-19 which has kept businesses and consumer confidence on the downside.

However, it is still possible to achieve the economic growth target of 2.1% in the year, if the government ensures effective utilisation of funds allocated in the budget for the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP), like spending on dams and roads.

“Achieving the target of 2.1% growth in real GDP (gross domestic product) during FY21 will require a parallel improvement in underlying demand,” State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) said in its third quarterly (January-March) report for FY20 on “The State of Pakistan’s Economy”, issued on Thursday.

Global Covid-19 tally soars past 17.4 million

The number of coronavirus cases around the globe have crossed 17.4 million, while 676,495 people have died due to the deadly disease.

More than 10.9 million patients have recovered from the disease worldwide. 

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