Pakistan reports over 50,000 COVID-19 cases; 2,603 new cases in a day


Muslim devotees gather to receive free refreshment outside the Data Darbar shrine of Saint Syed Ali bin Osman Al-Hajvery, popularly known as Data Ganj Bakhsh after the government eased a nationwide lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Lahore on May 21, 2020.(Photo by ARIF ALI/AFP via Getty Images)
Muslim devotees gather to receive free refreshment outside the Data Darbar shrine of Saint Syed Ali bin Osman Al-Hajvery, popularly known as Data Ganj Bakhsh after the government eased a nationwide lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Lahore on May 21, 2020.(Photo by ARIF ALI/AFP via Getty Images)

PAKISTAN has reported 2,603 fresh COVID-19 cases in a day, its highest single day tally. With this, the total cases in the country crossed the 50,000-mark on Friday (22), the health ministry said.

The deadly contagion claimed the lives of 50 people in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 1,067, the ministry of national health services said.

Out of the total 50,694 patients, Sindh reported 19,924 cases, Punjab 18,455, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 7,155, Balochistan 3,074, Islamabad 1,326, Gilgit-Baltistan 602 and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir 158 cases.

It also reported that so far 15,201 people have recovered from the deadly virus. In the past 24 hours, 1,064 people recovered from the novel coronavirus, health ministry said.

The authorities also carried out a record 16,387 tests, taking the total number of tests so far in the country to 445,987.

A special flight of Emirates carrying 251 stranded Pakistanis arrived at Islamabad International Airport from Dubai after Pakistan allowed the airline to operate special flights.

Officials said that all the passengers were shifted to different quarantine centres in Islamabad for 24 hours for medical tests related to the COVID-19.

The federal government has decided to restore international flights from Bacha Khan International Airport in Peshawar. Officials said that the decision was taken by the prime minister Imran Khan.