Pakistan reported 3,377 new coronavirus infections and at least 161 deaths in the past 24 hours, according to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC).
With the emergence of new infections, the total cases across Pakistan has reached 834,146. However, this is for the first time in a month that the daily cases count remained under 4,000. On April 5, Pakistan had reported 3,953 cases of coronavirus.
Meanwhile, the new deaths have taken the country’s toll to 18,310. On May 4, Punjab reported 91 deaths, Sindh reported 10 deaths, at least 31 died in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, two died in Balochistan and Islamabad each, and four deaths were reported in Azad Kashmir.
So far, a total of 8,683 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab, 4,678 in Sindh, 3,423 in KP, 239 in Balochistan, 693 in Islamabad, 487 in Azad Kashmir, and 107 in GB.
On May 3, 79 people died while 5,377 were in a critical state in hospitals across Pakistan. At least 670 ventilators were occupied by coronavirus patients across Pakistan. However, as of now, 666 ventilators are still occupied while the number of critical patients has declined to 5,326.
BORDER SEALED WITH IRAN, AFGHANISTAN:
On Sunday, Pakistan announced the closure of the borders with Afghanistan and Iran to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The implementation of this policy will start between May 4 and May 5 at 1:00 am. The order will remain effective till May 19. The trade and cargoes have been exempted from this order.
Pakistani nationals will be allowed to return. People needing medical treatment in Pakistan will be allowed from both countries.
According to a statement, the restrictions were imposed to stop a new mutation from entering Pakistan and to ensure regulated inbound pedestrian movement and effective management of COVID-19 protocols at border terminals.