Highest number of COVID-19 deaths in one day in Pakistan since July 25
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan recorded 34 deaths on Thursday, its highest number of coronavirus deaths in a single day since July 25, a government website showed, as a second wave of COVID-19 sweeps the country.
Pakistan has reported 1,808 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours and recorded 349,992 infections and 7,055 deaths. According to official data, 1,164 patients were in critical condition in Pakistan as of November 12 and 320,849 have recovered.
The National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), which leads coronavirus mitigation efforts across the country, on Wednesday called for a ban on large public gatherings and improved restrictions in high-risk areas.
Federal Planning Minister Asad Umar chaired a CNOC meeting and submitted the following measures for approval to the federal and provincial governments:
That all public gatherings of more than 500 people be banned, including political, cultural, religious, entertainment and civil society gatherings; schools were closed for early and extended winter vacations after federal and provincial education ministers participated; take-out only and outdoor dining until 10 p.m. be allowed in restaurants; cinemas, theaters and sanctuaries must be closed with immediate effect; and revised shortened hours are imposed for markets and shops.
“The Forum was informed that the disease has tripled since the NOC recommended banning large public gatherings and outdoor activities on October 12 and November 3 to the National Coordinating Committee (NCC) for its final decision. However, the consensus of all interested parties is expected, ”the NOC said in a statement.
The federal Minister of Education will chair a meeting on November 16 and consult with provincial ministers of education on the closure of educational institutions.
For its part, the CNOC suggested early and extended winter holidays for schools and only outdoor weddings with no more than 500 people from November 20.
Prime Minister Khan has repeatedly said the country should learn to “live with” the virus to avoid pushing tens of millions of people living on a daily wage into poverty.
Pakistan began lifting its blockade, imposed in March, May 9, approximately two weeks before the Eid Al-Fitr festival which marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and is celebrated with congregational prayers, family reunions and banquets. Transport and most businesses have reopened, but cinemas, theaters and schools remain closed.
In August, the government announced that virtually all areas closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus would be reopened that month, with the exception of schools and wedding halls, which opened in September. Since then, there has been an increase in the number of infections.