The Pakistani government confirmed around 3,400 cases of coronavirus on the last day this Tuesday. This is the first time that number has fallen below 4,000 in the last month. This is based on data collected by the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC).
The Department of Health has said 3,377 cases and 161 deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 837,523 and 18,310, respectively, since the pandemic began.
It was also reported that 5,326 people are currently in critical condition due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, while 733,062 have recovered, including 5,018 on the last day.
The province of Punjab is the most affected with 308,529 infections to date, followed by Sindh with 286,521 and Jíber Pajtunjua with 120,590. The capital Islamabad has reported 76,492 infections.
Pakistani Minister of Planning and Development, Asad Umar, stressed on Friday that “the next few weeks will be crucial in managing the pandemic” after infections and deaths had rebounded in the Asian country over the past few days.
The situation prompted the government to announce new restrictions on April 27, including a ban on tourism and traffic between cities and provinces between May 8 and 16, which coincides with the end of Ramadan.