Lahore (Rana Ali Zohaib): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 2,450 on Friday after new infections were confirmed in the country. The death toll increases up to 35 and 10 patients are in critical condition. 126 patients have recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic thus far. 1160 coronavirus suspects, patients cleared to return home today after a 14-day isolation
The total count of COVID-19 includes 920 patients in Punjab, 783 in Sindh, 311 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), 190 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), 169 in Balochistan, 68 in Islamabad, 9 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). The country has recorded 66 new cases during the last 24 hours.
1160 coronavirus suspects, patients cleared to return home today after 14-day isolation. 1160 pilgrims that were residing in the quarantine center are now being shifted into 33 buses to be dropped off at their respective homes.
The Sindh government has notified complete lockdown in the province from 12 in the noon till 3:30 pm amid coronavirus outbreak in the province. The checking pickets have been set up at the various roads of the city while patrolling off the police and Rangers is underway in the metropolis. Strict action will be taken against the violators.
Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar reviewed the lockdown situation in Lahore while taking an aerial view. CM Punjab took an aerial view of the provincial capital to review the measures taken for lockdown in the city. He expresses satisfaction over the implementation of safety measures to combat the spread of coronavirus.
CM Punjab paid tribute to Pakistan Army, Rangers and Punjab Police for ensuring the lockdown across the province. He also thanked people of Punjab including Lahore for cooperating with the provincial government in the fight against novel coronavirus.
Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid said that 920 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the province. In her tweets, Dr. Yasmin Rashid said overall 17,069 patients were tested for the COVID-19, from which 920 were tested positive and 16,149 were negative.
“Giving breakup of the tests, the minister in another tweet said, 4,039 tests were conducted in the health department’s laboratories, 500 in Multan, 2,238 in Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital (SKMCH), 2,980 in NIH Lab Islamabad and 7,312 were tested in private sector laboratories.“