Pakistan on Monday reported its highest rise in coronavirus cases in a single day since July 26, with 1,123 new infections recorded, taking the country’s total to 335,093 cases, according to government data.
The health ministry’s COVID-19 portal also reported that 12 people had died from the disease in the past 24 hours, adding to the total fatality count of 6,835 deaths.
For the past several weeks, authorities have been sounding the alarm over a second wave of coronavirus outbreak in the country.
Last week, Pakistan’s National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) – which leads the COVID-19 mitigation efforts – made it mandatory for residents to wear masks in public places and ordered all business centers, wedding halls, eateries and shopping centers to close shop by 10 pm.
However, Punjab Education Minister Murad Raas said schools would remain in the country’s biggest province despite a surge in COVID-19 cases.
“Keeping a very close watch on COVID 19 cases in Schools of Punjab. Random testing is being done continuously,” Raas tweeted on Sunday.
“There is a slight increase in numbers but nothing alarming. Situation being analyzed on daily basis. There is NO plan to close Schools as of right now. Please follow SOP’s,” he added.