Pakistan reports 64,028 Covid-19 cases; death toll at 1,317


People shop at a market after the government eased a nationwide lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Karachi on May 28, 2020. (Photo by ASIF HASSAN/AFP via Getty Images)
People shop at a market after the government eased a nationwide lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Karachi on May 28, 2020. (Photo by ASIF HASSAN/AFP via Getty Images)

THE number of Covid-19 cases in Pakistan reached 64,028 on Friday (29). The country reported 2,636 new patients and 57 fresh deaths n the last 24 hours, the health ministry said. The total death toll now stands at 1,317.

The ministry of national health services reported that 25,309 cases were diagnosed in Sindh, 22,964 in Punjab, 8,842 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 3,928 in Balochistan, 2,100 in Islamabad, 658 in Gilgit-Baltistan, and 227 in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

As many as 22,305 patients have been recovered so far from the virus. The authorities conducted 11,931 coronavirus tests during the last 24 hours, taking the number of tests done so far to 520,017.

Meanwhile, a senior journalist died on Thursday (28) due to the coronavirus in Peshawar, making him the first media casualty of the virus in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. And two employees of Radio Pakistan, including a studio engineer and a veteran news reader, died due to the coronavirus.

The trajectory showed that the number was steadily going up with authorities fearing a rise in cases in the wake of the easing of lockdown.