Pakistan is now the 20th most-affected country from coronavirus

A health worker wearing a protective gear checks a girl’s temperature, at the walk-through screening and testing facility for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Karachi, Pakistan. Photo: Reuters

Pakistan climbed to the 20th spot on the global coronavirus ranking on Sunday after the nationwide tally of COVID-19 patients crossed 30,000 after Sindh reported 709 new cases.

According to the coronavirus tracker by John Hopkins University, the country is now ranked 27th with 648 deaths.

Earlier today, the national dashboard in its daily update had stated that 1,991 cases were detected in the country in the last 24 hours taking the national tally to 29,465. This was the biggest single-day jump since February 26 when the first case was reported.

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Coronavirus Report in Pakistan

Sindh leads the tally with 11,480 cases, followed by Punjab with 11,093. In Khyber Pakhtunkhawa, 4,509 cases have been recorded while 1,935 cases have been reported in Balochistan. Gilgit Baltistan has reported 430, Islamabad 641 and AJK has reported 86 cases so far.

In the last 24 hours, 13,341 tests have been conducted of which 1,991 came back positive. In total, 283,517 tests have been conducted in the country so far.

Meanwhile, 267 patients have recovered from the virus, taking the total number of recoveries in the country to 8,023.

Globally there are now at least 4,001,437 cases of coronavirus with 277,127 deaths.

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Experts say the coronavirus cases in Pakistan are steadily increasing, yet the authorities and the common people seem to be taking the issue lightly.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s televised address to the nation on Tuesday was a proof of an apparent complacency, analysts say. Khan said the cases were likely to increase further but there was no need to panic. He also refused to impose a partial lockdown in major cities to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, officially called the SARS-COV-2.

“If we shut down the cities – people are already facing difficult circumstances – we will save them from corona at one end, but they will die from hunger on another side,” Khan said. 

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