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COVID-19 death toll in Pakistan rises to 834 with 38,799 people infected


Arhama AltafWeb Editor

16th May, 2020. 10:40 am
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COVID-19

The nation confirms 31 more deaths from COVID-19 pandemic in one day as the nationwide tally of deaths has climbed to 834 and positive cases surged to 38,799 on Saturday.

According to the latest figures by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), 1,581 persons have been tested positive for COVID-19 in 24 hours.

Total confirmed cases: 38,799

  1. Sindh: 14,916
  2. Punjab: 14,201
  3. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 5,678
  4. Balochistan: 2,457
  5. Islamabad Capital Territory: 921
  6. Gilgit-Baltistan: 518
  7. AJK: 105

Deaths: 834

  1. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 291
  2. Sindh: 255
  3. Balochistan: 31
  4. Gilgit-Baltistan: 4
  5. Punjab: 245
  6. Islamabad Capital Territory: 7
  7. AJK: 1

Violation of SOPs: Punjab Govt. Permits Reopening Of Malls

Punjab government on Friday decided to ease lockdown restrictions provincially after permitting to reopen shopping malls and resuming public transport system.

According to the details, the provincial government has also allowed automobile industries to work for seven days a week.

Punjab Industries and Trade Minister Mian Aslam Iqbal said that complete standard operating procedure (SOP) plan has been prepared that will be presented to Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar in a meeting.

However, the shopping malls’ owners should make it obligatory to use thermal gun checking, hand sanitizers and masks by all the customers, staffers and shopkeepers.

On Tuesday, Punjab government had threatened to re-impose a lockdown if the businesses continue to flout SOPs issued by the government as a part of easing the restrictions imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Mian Aslam Iqbal said Lahore has become the centre of the coronavirus in Punjab and the locally transmitted cases of the virus are increasing the country.

However, he added that the traders must show a sense of responsibility to avoid the lockdown reimposition.

Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the coronavirus situation is better in Pakistan than the predicted cases.

According to the details, the premier addressed the nation via Television and discussed the current situation of the country after COVID-19 outbreak.

While announcing the money for the unemployed from Monday through the Corona Relief Fund, the PM Imran Khan said that it was our obligation to ease the lockdown.

Moreover, Japan had decided to help Pakistan in fighting against coronavirus pandemic. Pakistan is likely to receive the fifth tranche of aid worth $4 million.

According to a press release by the Japanese Embassy, Pakistan had earlier received total assistance of $3,410,000 through the United Nations Children’s Fund, International Organization for Migration, International Federation of Red Cross and UN High Commission for Refugees for fighting against coronavirus pandemic.

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