Pakistan has reported 43 deaths in the last 24 hours by novel coronavirus as the number of positive cases has surged to 692,231. The nationwide tally of fatalities has jumped to 14,821 on Monday.
According to the latest figures by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) 4,323 persons tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. The positivity rate stood at 9.96 per cent.
Punjab remains the worst-hit province in terms of deaths followed by Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Till now 6,587 individuals have lost their lives to the epidemic in Punjab 4,509 in Sindh, 2,457 in KP, 583 in Islamabad, 371 in Azad Kashmir, 211 in Balochistan, and 103 in GB.
Furthermore 266,618 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Sindh, 233,348 in Punjab, 92,423 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 61,552 in Islamabad, 19,785 in Balochistan, 13,446 in Azad Kashmir and 5,059 in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Pakistan has so far conducted 10,446,697 coronavirus tests and 43,362 in the last 24 hours. 615,960 coronavirus patients have recovered in the country whereas 3,587 patients are in critical condition.
Yesterday, keeping in view the recent spike in COVID-19 cases amid the third wave of the disease, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) had suspended inter-provincial transport for two days a week (Saturday and Sunday).
However, cargo trucks, containers, medical and emergency services will be exempted from the restrictions.
The new restrictions will come into force from April 10 and will continue to remain effective till 25th of April. NCOC further said that Pakistan Railways will continue to operate passenger trains seven days a week with 70 per cent occupancy.