LAHORE: The number of confirmed coronavirus cases has surged to 72,460 in Pakistan today, while the death toll stands at 1,543.
Pakistan has reported its highest numbers of COVID-19 deaths and infections in a single day since the pandemic struck the South Asian nuclear state in March, prompting health experts to call for a strict lockdown to contain it.
According to the Health Ministry, a record of 3,039 new cases, and 88 deaths from the disease have been reported in the country over the past 24 hours.
The country has recorded 223 deaths in the past three days, and over 8,000 new infections, with health experts warning of a steep rise in the number of cases in the coming days.
As per details, 21 percent of the cases have foreign travel history while 79 percent of the cases are reported to be locally transmitted.
There have been 26,240 cases so far been detected in Punjab, 28,245 in Sindh, 10,027 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 4,393 in Balochistan, 2,589 in Islamabad, 711 in Gilgit Baltistan and 255 in Azad Kashmir.
Out of a total of 1,543 deaths, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has reported 473 deaths, Sindh 481, Balochistan 47, Gilgit-Baltistan 11, Punjab 497, Azad Kashmir 06 and Islamabad Capital Territory has reported 28 deaths.
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