Pakistan virus cases cross 200,000 but data suggests spread is slowing

In this file photo, people wait for their turn on a coronavirus registration and screening counter in Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences hospital in Islamabad on March 17, 2020. (AP)
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Updated 28 June 2020

Pakistan virus cases cross 200,000 but data suggests spread is slowing

  • Death toll crosses 4,100, while over 2,800 COVID-19 patients are in critical condition
  • 96 million people are currently under 523 smart lockdowns across the country

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan reported over 4,000 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, pushing the country’s infection tally above 200,000, health ministry data showed on Sunday.

“With 4,072 new coronavirus infections were detected in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally to 202,955,” the ministry’s statement said.

More than 4,100 people have died from the virus and over 2,800 are in critical condition. About 92,600 have already recovered from the disease.

Most of the known infections are in Sindh province — over 78,200 — and in Punjab — 74,200.
The ministry’s data suggest the infection rate has been slowing for the past few days, which Federal Information Minister Shibli Faraz on Thursday attributed to smart lockdowns introduced by local administrations.

The National Command and Operation Center, which is responsible for coordinating Pakistan’s coronavirus response, said on Friday that 96 million people are currently under 523 smart lockdowns across the country.

Authorities have also sealed off nearly 1,300 virus hotspots to contain the disease spread.

Health workers have been calling for massive testing in the areas to assess the prevalence of the virus.

The country of 220 million has conducted about 1.24 million COVID-19 tests since February — over 25,000 in the past 24 hours.

England confirm Pakistan Test dates

Updated 06 July 2020

England confirm Pakistan Test dates

  • The first match of the Pakistan series will take place at Old Trafford
  • Venues are considered bio-secure, with hotels on site

LONDON: England cricket chiefs on Monday confirmed dates and venues for Pakistan’s three-Test tour, with the series starting at Old Trafford on Aug. 5.

International cricket returns on Wednesday following the coronavirus lockdown when England play the first match of their three-Test series against the West Indies at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, followed by two matches at Old Trafford, in Manchester.

The first match of the Pakistan series will also take place at Old Trafford, with the second two at the Ageas Bowl. The second Test starts on Aug. 13, with the third beginning on Aug. 21.

Both venues are considered bio-secure, with hotels on site.

Old Trafford will also host three Twenty20 international matches between England and Pakistan, on Aug. 28, 30 and Sept. 1.

Ireland will play three one-day internationals at the Ageas Bowl on July 30, Aug. 1 and Aug. 4.

ECB chief executive Tom Harrison said: “Confirmation of these matches against Ireland and Pakistan is another important step for our game as we begin to safely stage international cricket again, but also to minimize the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had, and will continue to have, on cricket at all levels.

“It has taken significant effort and expertise to allow us to reach a position where cricket is now ready and able to return to the field of play from the elite level to recreational cricket.”

Talks are ongoing over potential dates for Australia’s white-ball tour and England women’s tri-series against India and South Africa.