The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 4,322 on Thursday after new infections were confirmed in the country and recovery rate also increases that is 572.
The province-wise break up of the total number of cases is as follows:
Total confirmed cases: 4,322
• Sindh: 1,036
• Punjab: 2,171
• Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 560
• Balochistan: 212
• Islamabad Capital Territory: 102
• Gilgit-Baltistan: 213
• AJK: 28
• Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 20
• Sindh: 20
• Balochistan: 2
• Gilgit-Baltistan: 3
• Punjab: 17
• Islamabad Capital Territory: 1
The worldwide number of officially confirmed fatalities from the novel coronavirus now stands at above 81,000.
More than 1 million declared cases have been registered in 213 countries and territories since the epidemic first emerged in China in December. Of these cases, at least 253,000 are now considered recovered
PM Imran visit to Quetta today
Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan will visit Quetta, Balochistan today (Thursday) to get a closer look at the coronavirus situation in the province.
Read more: PM Imran visit to Quetta today, review coronavirus situation in Balochistan
The Prime Minister’s Office in a statement issued on the matter said that the premier will be given a briefing by concerned authorities on the COVID-19 situation of the province and will also be apprised of the measures being taken to combat the dangerous pathogen.
Social distancing being followed at Ehsaas payment points
17,000 payment points being established countrywide with special protective measures for #COVID19 to facilitate #EhsaasEmergencyCash payment of Rs.12,000/ family. For queries, call our toll free number ????-?????.Social distancing being followed in Mirpurkhas & Khairpur. pic.twitter.com/JLmXnARADP
— Sania Nishtar (@SaniaNishtar) April 9, 2020
Pakistan to seal Torkham border again from today
Pakistan will re-seal its border with Afghanistan from today after opening it earlier this week to let Afghan nationals return home.
According to the DPO, 1,000 Afghan nationals have crossed the border daily.
SAPM sets up DRAP committee to test locally made ventilators
Special Assistant to Prime Minister for Health Dr Zafar Mirza has announced that last week he had established the DRAP Expert Committee on ventilators to test the locally manufactured medical equipment.
I established DRAP Expert Committee on ventilators last wk. At a great speed they have already produced “Fast Track Acceptance Test Procedure for Locally Developed Mechanical Ventilators for COVID-19”. Thanks. Document will be available at https://t.co/BhAEJB0fTl
— Zafar Mirza (@zfrmrza) April 9, 2020
“At a great speed they have already produced fast track acceptance test procedure for locally developed mechanical ventilators for COVID-19,” tweeted Dr Mirza. He added that the document can be accessed on DRAP’s website.
Pakistan to get $1.4bn loan next week from IMF
The International Monetary Fund mission in Pakistan stated that the lender and Pakistani authorities were working ‘expeditiously’ to ensure that the country gets the loan to help confront the COVID-19 shock.
The IMF and Pakistani authorities are working expeditiously for the approval by the Executive Board and disbursement of the Rapid Financing Instrument to confront the COVID-19 shock. The Pakistani authorities remain committed to the EFF policies and reforms.
— IMF Pakistan (@imf_pakistan) April 9, 2020
“The IMF and Pakistani authorities are working expeditiously for the approval by the Executive Board and disbursement of the Rapid Financing Instrument to confront the COVID-19 shock,” tweeted IMF’s representative office in Pakistan.
Read more: Coronavirus Pandemic: Pakistan to get $1.4bn loan next week from IMF
The lender added that Pakistan remains committed to the Extended Fund Facility policies and reforms.