The Coronavirus death tally in Pakistan has passed 700 after new deaths reported in the country in past 24 hours with the number of infections stands now more than 32,000.
After Pakistan reported 1,140 new cases, the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases jumped to 32,081. 39 new deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, raising the country’s death toll to 706, while at least 8,555 patients have recovered. 11,869 cases have so far been detected in Punjab, 12,017 in Sindh, 4,875 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 2,061 in Balochistan, 457 in Gilgit-Baltistan, 716 in Islamabad and 86 in Azad Kashmir.
Although the government has eased lockdown in the country keeping in view the critical situation of people and business community, cases in Pakistan are continuing to rise. Earlier on Monday, Prime Minister Imran Khan said the government eased the countrywide lockdown phased wise to maintain balance between economic activities and protective measures against Covid-19. He was chairing a high-level meeting in Islamabad on Monday to review prevailing situation following outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic in the country.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said imposition of lockdown in the country is being considered as temporary arrangement against Coronavirus at international level, and protective measures are the only viable option to overcome the pandemic. Prime Minister Imran Khan directed the authorities concerned to prepare a comprehensive strategy regarding provision and usage of ventilators to Covid-19 patients in the hospitals. During the meeting, the prime minister was given a detailed briefing on the prevailing Covid-19 situation, number of patients, provision of safety equipment to paramedical staff and doctors in various hospitals.