ISLAMABAD – Special Assistant to Prime Minister on National Security Division Dr Moeed Yusuf on Sunday said that 8348 confirmed coronavirus cases have been reported in the country with 514 cases added in the last 24 hours.
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad on Sunday, he said 258 cases were reported in Punjab and 138 in Sindh during this period. Dr Moeed Yusuf said 98,500 tests have been conducted so far in the country, with 7,847 tests in the last 24 hours, highest in a single day. He said 168 people have lost their lives due to coronavirus in the country with 16 in the last 24 hours. He said 47 people are under critical care in hospitals.
Dr Moeed Yusuf said 1867 people have completely recovered from this disease. The Special Assistant said testing is the main thing in our next strategy forward. He said 17 times increase has been made in number of tests since 15th of last month. He said we are working to enhance our testing capacity to conduct 20,000 tests daily by the end of this month.
Dr Moeed Yusuf said it is imperative that people follow the precautionary measures including social distancing, washing of hands and other SOPs given by the government from time to time.
He said Torkham border has been opened and people in batches of five hundred will be allowed. He said Pakistanis coming from abroad will be held under quarantine for 48 hours and will be tested for the presence of coronavirus. Those whose tests will be positive will be quarantined for 14 days.
Dr Moeed Yusuf said 6,000 overseas Pakistanis will return to the country through 17 flights of PIA and some other airlines next week. He said priority will be given to bring those Pakistani laborers back who have been rendered jobless in the Middle Eastern countries. He said Pakistanis stranded in other countries will also be repatriated in cooperation with some international airlines.