Pakistan coronavirus recoveries jump to record 4,736 in 24 hours 

Private security guards walk along a temporary isolation facility set up at the Expo Center in Lahore on March 26, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 05 July 2020

Pakistan coronavirus recoveries jump to record 4,736 in 24 hours 

  • Pakistan has reported over 228,000 cases of the coronavirus so far and 4,712 deaths
  • South Asian nation has continued to see around 4,000 new cases daily with falling testing numbers 

ISLAMABAD: Data on the Pakistan government’s coronavirus portal showed on Sunday that a record 4,736 people had recovered from the virus in the past 24 hours.
Pakistan has reported over 228,000 cases of the coronavirus so far and 4,712 deaths. The country has continued to see around 4,000 new cases on a daily basis, despite daily testing numbers falling.
The health ministry’s portal showed that the total number of people who had recovered from the coronavirus had risen to 129,830 and confirmed infections stood at 228,474 on Sunday.
Pakistan witnessed a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases in June, with over 3,191 new infections reported in the past 24 hours.
A number of high officials have tested positive for COVID-19 in Pakistan, including Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed, Leader of the Opposition Shehbaz Sharif and the speaker of the lower house of parliament, Asad Qaiser.
Last month, Pakistani authorities began to re-impose strict lockdowns in selected areas of several cities after the federal government said COVID-19 cases could multiply eightfold by the end of July and hit 1.2 million.
The South Asian country lifted its countrywide lockdown on May 9, citing economic stress, and has since seen infection rates rise from 1-in-10 tests to more than 1-in-5.


At least 30 injured in grenade attack in Pakistan at Kashmir rally

Updated 05 August 2020

At least 30 injured in grenade attack in Pakistan at Kashmir rally

  • The attack was claimed by Sindhudesh Revolutionary Army, a separatist outfit that has become active in the past months
  • Organized by Jamaat-e-Islami, a religious right party, the rally was called off after the attack

KARACHI: At least 30 people were injured in a grenade attack on a rally in Karachi on Wednesday, as Pakistan marked the first anniversary of India’s revocation of Kashmir’s semi-autonomy.
The wounded were rushed to different hospitals, where one was in a critical condition, an official from the provincial health department said.
“A grenade was lobbed in the rally, causing several casualties,” Karachi police chief Ghulam Nabi Memon told Reuters.
The attack was claimed by Sindhudesh Revolutionary Army, a separatist outfit that has become active in the past months.
In June, four people were killed including two soldiers in three consecutive explosions claimed by the SRA.
The group wants Sindh province, of which Karachi is the capital, to break from the Pakistani federation. It has also announced its alliance with the Balochistan Liberation Army, a militant group fighting for greater autonomy for the Balochistan region in southwestern Pakistan.
The attack took place as similar rallies were held across the country. The Karachi rally, organized by Jamaat-e-Islami, a religious right party, was called off after the attack.
Last August, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government stripped Jammu and Kashmir — India’s only Muslim-majority state — of its special rights and split it into two federally administered territories.
The government said the change was necessary to develop the revolt-torn region and integrate it with the rest of India, but it infuriated many Kashmiris as well as neighboring Pakistan.
Kashmir is claimed in full by India and Pakistan, which have gone to war twice over it, and both rule parts of it.
Indian authorities deployed troops and curbed public movement on Wednesday to stop potential protests in Kashmir.