Pakistan reports 40 record deaths in a single day, coronavirus cases jump to 22,413

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan reported a record 40 deaths from the past 24 hours and 1,049 new cases, health officials said on Wednesday.

According to the Ministry of National Health Services, the Punjab province reported 8,420 cases, Sindh 8,189, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 3,499, Baluchistan 1,495, Islamabad 485, 386 and Kashmir 76 occupied by Pakistan.

The ministry said a record 40 deaths were reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 526. The country detected 1,049 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the total to 22,413, he said.

A total of 6,217 patients have recovered.

So far 232,582 tests have been performed, including 10,178 in the last 24 hours. Undeterred by the increasing number of deaths and new cases, the federal government is pushing to ease the blockade.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday he said the national closure will be lifted gradually, stating that Pakistan cannot afford an indefinite closure.

A major meeting of all stakeholders is expected on Wednesday to discuss the issue of lifting some restrictions and allowing more businesses to open.

Meanwhile, Minister of Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmad He said the train service could begin to partially operate as of May 10. And initially about 40 trains could be put into operation.

However, the move drew serious opposition from the Sindh government that warned the Center against making any decision it feared might cause the spread of the new coronavirus, Dawn News reported.

In a statement, Sindh's Transport Minister Awais Shah said the move proposed by the federal government to resume train service could become another disaster amid serious advice from health experts for social distancing.