Pakistan has reported a record 157 deaths from the virus in a day in the last 24 hours. Three province KPK, Sindh and Punjab have written letters to call the army for help.
Number of 157 deaths in 24 hours due to COVID-19, is highest death toll in the country in a single day since start of the pandemic last year.
In first wave as many as 153 people died of COVID-19 in Pakistan on June 20, 2020.
The authorities are considering a complete lockdown across the country including closure of markets, malls, transport and schools.
The Punjab called out army in five cities, including Lahore, Rawalpindi and Gujranwala, to help local authorities enforce precautionary measures.
The total number of deaths has now reached 157 mark with death rate of 9.2 percent. More than 3,324 people have recovered from Covid-19 in Pakistan, taking the country’s total to 689,812.
Meanwhile, 4,826 virus patients are in critical condition, according to the government’s coronavirus portal.
Islamabad, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir have collectively reported 510 new Covid-19 cases and six fatalities.
Punjab has recorded 3,056 new infections in the last 24 hours, marking the third straight day of over 3,000 new cases. The provincial tally has increased to 288,598.
It also confirmed 67 additional fatalities from the virus, down from 98 a day earlier, taking the death toll to 7,964.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has reported 981 new cases of the novel coronavirus and 37 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking its tally of cases to 113,121 and fatalities to 3,103.
Sindh has 5,611 deaths while 277,593 infection cases, while 262,138 patients were recovered.
Sindh government is ready for lockdown.
Balochistan has recorded 141 infections and two more deaths. The province’s caseload has risen to 21,618 while the total number of fatalities stands at 232.