A health official checks polio workers, wearing masks, for fever before an immunisation drive began. PHOTO: REUTERS

Covid-19 active cases rise to 9,135 across Pakistan

Total number of coronavirus cases reported in country reaches 314,616

Our Correspondent October 04, 2020

The number of active cases of coronavirus rose to 9,135 on Sunday as the country recorded 632 news cases, according to Express News.

Six more people were also reported to have succumbed to the virus in the last 24 hours, taking the country’s death toll to 6,513, the National Command Operation Centre (NCOC) reported.

According to the NCOC's latest statistics, country’s total tally of Covid-19 cases reached 314,616, whereas 298,968 patients had recovered from the disease so far.

The number of Covid-19 patients in Sindh were reported to be 138,050; 99,812 in Punjab; 37,973 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P); 16,766 in Islamabad; 15,371 in Balochistan; 2,816 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and 3,828 Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B).

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Imran Khan had warned that the onset of winter could result in a second wave of the coronavirus.

The premier urged the people to take precautionary measures and ‘wear face masks in public to avoid a spike’ in the cases.

On October 3, the national body leading the country’s coronavirus response also asked all provinces and federating units to launch a crackdown on restaurants and wedding halls violating standard operative procedures (SOPs) framed to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the wake of a fresh surge in infections, particularly in the commercial hub of Karachi.

The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) also issued a fresh warning over the escalating Covid-19 cases in the country, saying that country might be headed for a second wave of the disease.

In a statement, the doctors’ representative body warned that countries currently experiencing a second wave were facing a more severe form of the disease. It expressed concerns over the possibility of a similar situation in Pakistan.

“It is important that special care is taken in primary and pre-primary schools," the statement read.


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