Health officials test COVID-19 sample of a man in Karachi Photograph:( AFP )
Pakistan's Punjab recorded 1,549 new coronavirus cases and 63 deaths in the last 24 hours taking the total number of cases to 61,678
Pakistan on Friday reported 132 deaths in the past 24 hours taking the total death toll to 3,229 in the country with 5,439 coronavirus cases in a single day.
There are over 165,000 cases of COVID-19 in the country with 2,168 patients having recovered from the virus.
Sindh and Punjab continued to record the highest number of cases with over 1,20,000 COVID-19 cases. Punjab recorded 1,549 new coronavirus cases and 63 deaths in the last 24 hours taking the total number of cases to 61,678. There have been 1,265 fatalities due to the virus in Punjab.
Kyber Panktunwalla has recorded nearly 9,000 total cases as the country continues to grapple with the COVID-19 crisis. Pakistan authorities reported the death of a minister Haji Janbaz Khan, 65, due to the virus. The PML-N leader was on ventilator support after the virus was detected.
Amid a spurt in cases, officials in Larkana district ordered a lockdown of the district from June 20 to 29 with shops and transport facilities to remain closed.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan implored authorities to ensure medical supplies and beds in hospitals were made avaliable in adequate numbers in order to combat the virus as the number of infection cases continues to rise.
The Pakistan prime minister while lauding the effort of health workers called for a coordinated response to the fight the virus.