On Wednesday, Pakistan reported the highest single-day jump in the number of COVID-19 deaths with 26 fresh fatalities.
While talking to the media, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on National Security Moeed Yusuf said that apart from the 26 new deaths, there were 44 coronavirus positive people in critical condition, adding that the mortality rate in the country was just 2.1 per cent as compared to around seven per cent in other countries.
Currently, the Pakistan government is also focussing on bringing back 7,500 overseas Pakistan citizens in the first week of May. “Our major focus will be on the Gulf states as thousands of Pakistanis have become jobless or their visas have expired. So they will be brought back from Saudi Arabia, Oman and the United Arab Estates. Some flights will be operated from Sudan, Kenya and the UK,” Dawn news quoted Yusuf as saying.
So far, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Pakistan has reached 15,759 after 874 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours, health authorities said. Three hundred forty six people have died of the disease so far in the country.
Out of the total cases, 4,052 patients have recovered while the total active cases in the country are 11,361.
Punjab province continues to be the worst-hit with 6,061 cases, followed by Sindh with 5,695, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa with 2,313, Balochistan with 978, Gilgit-Baltistan with 333, Islamabad with 313 and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir with 66 cases.
Pakistan’s Ministry of National Health Services said that local transmission was 84 per cent and foreign travel 16 per cent.