Lowest spike in weeks: Pakistan records 1,979 new coronavirus cases in a day

A paramedic wearing protective gear takes a nasal swab from a man, to be tested for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Karachi on July 13, 2020. (REUTERS)
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Updated 14 July 2020

Lowest spike in weeks: Pakistan records 1,979 new coronavirus cases in a day

  • As of Tuesday, Pakistan has recorded 253,604 total infections and 5,197 deaths
  • Pakistan has also seen an uptick in recoveries, with 170,656 cases recorded thus far

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Tuesday recorded 1,979 new cases of the coronavirus, following 21,020 countrywide tests in the last 24 hours, marking the lowest number of new infections in weeks.
According to the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 portal, as of Tuesday, the national caseload stood at 253,604 while 5,197 people had died from the disease.
Pakistan has also seen an uptick in recoveries, with 170,656 cases recorded thus far.
The National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), the highest forum that looks after coronavirus mitigation efforts, said on Monday it would follow the same safety rules for the upcoming Eidul Azha prayers as had been devised for Eid ul Fitr prayers in May. 
Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar said proper management of cattle markets was important to prevent the spread of coronavirus during Eid ul Azha and the days leading up to it
These cattle markets will be set up outside cities, he said, and the local administration had been asked to ensure compliance with all guidelines, including that cattle markets run from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm, all people entering them wear masks and be screened, maintain social distancing and avoid overcrowding.


Pakistani army chief, Saudi ambassador discuss regional security 

Updated 10 August 2020

Pakistani army chief, Saudi ambassador discuss regional security 

  • Saudi ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf Saeed Al-Malkiy calls on General Qamar Javed Bajwa
  • The two leaders discuss matters of mutual interest, bilateral defense relations 

ISLAMABAD: Nawaf Saeed Al-Malkiy, the ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan, called on Pakistani army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday and discussed the security situation in the region, the military’s media wing said. 
“Matters of mutual interest, regional security situation and bilateral defense relations between the two brotherly countries were discussed during the meeting,” the Pakistani army said in a statement.
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are longtime allies. Saudi Arabia remains the main source of Pakistan’s remittances despite global business shutdowns amid the coronavirus pandemic. The country has also loaned Pakistan billions of dollars in recent months to help stave off a balance of payments crisis, and offered oil on deferred payments.