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Pakistan's confirmed COVID-19 cases cross 50,000

Published: May 22, 2020 14:20:38 | Updated: May 23, 2020 16:23:52


People wait to receive free food for Ramzan during Covid-19 lockdown, in Lahore on Wednesday. (AP Photo) People wait to receive free food for Ramzan during Covid-19 lockdown, in Lahore on Wednesday. (AP Photo)

The number of confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases has risen to 50,694 with 1,067 deaths in Pakistan, according to the data updated by the country's health ministry Friday morning.

A total of 2,603 new cases and 50 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, the statistics revealed.

Overall, 34,426 patients are under treatment in hospitals while 15,201 have recovered completely, which is 30 percent of the total confirmed cases, reports Xinhua.

The country's southern Sindh province is the most affected region with 19,924 cases followed by eastern Punjab province with 18,455 cases.

The northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province reported 7,155 cases, with 365 deaths. At least 3,074 cases have been reported in southwestern Balochistan province, 1,326 in the capital city Islamabad, and 602 in northern Gilgit-Baltistan region.

Sindh province recorded 336 deaths, followed by Punjab where 310 infected people have lost their lives, the statistics said, adding that Pakistan has conducted 445,987 tests officially so far.

The Pakistani government started to ease the lockdown from May 9, aiming at mitigating the influence of the COVID-19 outbreak and the lockdown on the labor class and the poor in the country.

The domestic flight operations and train services in Pakistan have also been resumed partially.

The reopened industries and the public have been asked to strictly follow the standard operating procedures formed by the government to avoid the spread of the pandemic.

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