Coronavirus cases in Pakistan jump to 2,119

ISLAMABAD: The number of cases in Pakistan It rose to 2,119 on Wednesday. So far, 27 people have died from the disease since the first Covid-19 death in the country was reported on March 18.

The increase in cases, according to officials, was due to local transmission, indicating that the spread of the community was replacing travel abroad as the main source for the spread of the virus.

Most parts of Pakistan continue to be under lockdown, despite Prime Minister Imran Khan He opposes this, claiming that the country was too poor to maintain a blockade or curfew. On Wednesday, the northwestern province government strictly warned against the congregation's prayers, forcing prayer leaders in mosques to announce on loudspeakers that people should pray at home.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Khan formed Corona Relief Tiger Force, a voluntary initiative aimed at providing basic food to low-income families in their homes during the shutdown. To finance the program, he has established a pandemic relief fund in the prime minister's office. I want everyone to donate to this fund, which will be used to care for all those left in misery by the blockade, Khan posted on Twitter.

Currently, there are 748 Covid-19 patients in , 709 in Sindh, 253 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 184 in , 158 in Balochistan, 58 in Islamabad, and nine in Pakistan -occupied Kashmir.

According to the National Institute of Health, a state-run health facility in Islamabad, Pakistan had conducted 14,658 Covid-19 tests as of March 31. Dr Atta-ur-Rehman, chairman of PM’s task force on technology driven knowledge economy, said that Pakistan must aggressively ramp up testing or the situation will get much worse before it gets better.