KARACHI: The coronavirus has claimed 18 more lives in Pakistan, bringing the total death toll to 6,867.
According to the National Command and Operations Center, 1,313 new cases were reported in coronavirus in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of affected people to 337,573.
In Pakistan, 316,060 patients of coronavirus have recovered and 14,646 are undergoing treatment. The coronavirus has killed 2,380 people in Punjab and 2,639 in Sindh. The death toll in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has risen to 1,281, in Islamabad 224, in Balochistan 152, in Gilgit-Baltistan 92, and in Azad Kashmir 99.
The number of coronavirus cases in Islamabad has reached 20,471. Around 105,197 cases have been reported in Punjab, 147,295 in Sindh, 39,889 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 16,000 in Balochistan, 4,306 in Gilgit-Baltistan, and 4,415 in Azad Kashmir.
The National Command and Operations Center has made it mandatory to wear a mask to prevent coronavirus in Pakistan. Citizens must wear masks when leaving their homes.
Masks will be required for those working in government and private sector offices. Provincial governments have been directed to make SOPs and masks mandatory in markets, shopping malls, public transport, restaurants.
According to the NCOC, coronavirus is spreading in 11 cities across the country. Eighty percent of coronavirus cases in Pakistan were reported from eleven major cities. Karachi, Quetta, Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Hyderabad, Gilgit, Muzaffarabad, and Peshawar also reported more cases of coronavirus.
Special Assistant for Health Dr. Faisal Sultan said that the second wave of coronavirus has gradually started in Pakistan. To deal with the second wave, SOPs will have to be strictly adhered to. By taking precautions, we can deal with another wave of coronavirus.