Pakistan sees record Covid-19 deaths as officials consider stricter lockdowns
On Tuesday, 28 April, Pakistan recorded more than two hundred Covid-19 casualties for the first time since the start of the pandemic. As Covid-19 cases positivity rate is 10.8 per cent and it is increasing day by day, government consider imposing stricter lockdown in most affected areas of Pakistan.
According to the National Command Operation Centre (NCOC), the country’s overall death toll from the virus till now is 17,530. A total of 5,292 new cases were reported on Tuesday, bringing the total cases to 810,231.
Officials have said healthcare facilities are at risk of being overwhelmed. Pakistan has very limited health resources, with ventilators and oxygen in short supply.
Stricter measures were taken in a handful of cities with the highest positivity rates this week, and on Tuesday Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr. Faisal Sultan warned such steps could be extended to other areas if the public did not heed advice on social distancing, wearing masks, and other precautionary measures, especially during the holy Islamic month of Ramazan with the upcoming Eid holiday next month.
“Please keep your Ramazan and Eid simple this year, so we can fight this disease and get through this difficult situation,” Sultan said.
The province of Sindh announced intercity transportation would be halted starting April 30, and remains in place through May 17, just after the Eid holiday.