Pakistan records highest peak in a single day in Covid-19 infections

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Saturday saw its biggest one-day increase in cases with 1,952 new infections, bringing the total number of patients to 18,770, authorities said.

The death toll from the viral infection rose to 432 with 47 deaths recorded in the past 24 hours, the ministry of national health services said.

Up to 4,715 patients have been recovered, he said.

A record number of 1,952 Covid-19 cases were recorded in the past 24 hours, the ministry said.

Officials, however, said the increase in Covid-19 cases is not surprising, as it is due to the increase in coronavirus tests.

Up to 193,859 tests have been performed so far, including 9,164 in the past 24 hours, they said.

A 26-year-old female doctor died of the coronavirus at the Holy Family hospital in Rawalpindi. The hospital's medical superintendent said the young doctor had complained of mild flu and cough symptoms on April 20, which doctors declared a normal fever.

When her condition worsened after four days, she was rushed to the hospital. They put her on a respirator but she died on April 30.

Meanwhile, Special Assistant on Health Dr Zafar Mirza told reporters that Pakistan is increasing its testing capacity.

He said that the coronavirus is still under control in the country and that the death rate from the disease is also lower.

“ Pakistan 's death rate is still less than the projected numbers and secondly when we see the worldwide situation, it is far less than that. If you take care of yourself, it is guaranteed that you and your family will stay safe,” he said.

Of the total 18,770 cases, Punjab registered the highest number of 6,854 followed by Sindh at 7,102, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 2,907, Balochistan 1,136, Islamabad 365, 340 and Pakistan -occupied Kashmir (PoK) at 66, the health ministry said.

Prime Minister Imran Khan On Saturday it launched the second phase of the cash program for those who lost their jobs due to the pandemic.

Khan said he is personally monitoring the distribution of the crown relief fund to ensure transparency.

So far, Rs 81 billion has been distributed to people ... I am personally monitoring this process, he said, initiating the second phase of the Ehsaas cash scheme.

The first phase launched last month. A fund of Rs 144 billion has been set aside for the scheme.

Urging wealthy citizens to contribute to the fund established for people affected by the coronavirus pandemic, Khan said the government will contribute Rs 4 for every Rs 1 donated.

Prime Minister Khan also wished his Russian counterpart Mikhail Mishustin speedy recovery and good health after he was tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Wishing Russia's Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin a speedy recovery and good health. Coronavirus is a common challenge and we teamed up with our Russian friends to fight this challenge, he tweeted.

Industries Minister Hammad Azhar told the media that as part of the measures initiated for companies facing the heat of the pandemic, the government will pay three-month electricity bills for companies whose consumption is between five and 70 kW per month.

Some of the other measures include lowering the interest rate and unprecedented tax incentives for the construction sector.

The government would also bring an interest-free loan scheme for small businesses, Azhar said.

Meanwhile, Special Assistant to Homeland Security Moeed Yusuf said some influencers who came from abroad were escaping mandatory tests and quarantine procedures.

"We want all Pakistan is to return as soon as possible but in a safe manner. We cannot have them coming back and infecting their loved ones, which is why we cannot give any exemption to anyone for coronavirus testing," he said.

Yusuf said the repatriation process of Pakistan is from abroad is slow because the country's "quarantine facilities can take 7,500 to 8,000 people at a time". Another reason, he said, is that most airports and flights across the globe are not functioning.