Pakistan reports highest number of coronavirus deaths in nearly five months

Women wearing facemasks walk on a street during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Peshawar on April 6, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 01 December 2020

Pakistan reports highest number of coronavirus deaths in nearly five months

  • Total death toll has risen to 8,091 and number of infections to 400,482, of which 2,458 are new infections reported over last 24 hours
  • After a peak of over 6,800 daily infections in Pakistan in June, the number fell to a low of 213 in August and remained below 700 in the last three months

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan government reported on Tuesday that 67 people had died of the coronavirus in the country in the last 24 hours, the highest number of fatalities in nearly five months.
After a peak of over 6,800 daily infections in Pakistan in June, the number fell to a low of 213 in August, and remained below 700 for most of the last three months. But infections have picked up steadily this past month and officials have said the second wave of the disease has arrived.
Data issued by the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), which oversees efforts against the coronavirus, showed the total death toll from the virus had risen to 8,091 and number of infections to 400,482, of which 2,458 were new infections reported over the last 24 hours.
Date released on Tuesday showed that the highest case positivity rate was observed in Mirpur at 20.62%, followed by Peshawar at 19.58% and Hyderabad at 19.03%. Karachi recorded a positivity ration of 13.9%, Abbottabad 11.21%, Multan 10.66% and Rawalpindi 9.27%.
Fresh restrictions have been imposed across the country though Prime Minister Imran Khan has repeatedly ruled out a complete lockdown, saying Pakistanis would have to ‘learn to live with’ the virus and take extra precautions.
His government has recently made wearing face masks mandatory in public spaces, banned public rallies, limited large public gatherings to 300 people, banned indoor weddings, closed shrines, cinemas, and theaters, and instructed public and private offices to adopt a work-from-home policy.
The federal government has also closed all educational institutes from November 26 to January 10 and postponed all examinations except admissions and recruitment tests.


Pakistan ready to tap into Kuwait's skilled labor market — envoy

Updated 15 January 2021

Pakistan ready to tap into Kuwait's skilled labor market — envoy

  • Pakistan committed to provide skilled labor to Kuwait in line with its Vision 2035 to diversify economy and strengthen relations with Asia
  • Pakistanis make up one of the largest groups of foreigners living and working in Kuwait

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is ready to provide skilled workers to Kuwait's labor market, the Pakistani ambassador to the Gulf country said on Thursday, after a meeting with a top official of the Kuwaiti Public Authority for Manpower.
Ambassador Syed Sajjad Haider and Pakistan’s deputy head of mission, Tahreem Ilyas, met with Public Authority for Manpower director general Ahmad Al-Mousa to discuss issues related to Pakistani workers in Kuwait.
"Pakistan is ready to provide experienced and skilled manpower according to the demands of the Kuwaiti labor market," Ambassador Haider said, as quoted in a report by Kuwait Times, which was shared by the Pakistani embassy on social media.

He also expressed hope that the number of Pakistani workers in Kuwait would increase in the future.
In October, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s special assistant on overseas Pakistanis, Zulfikar Bukhari, said that Pakistan was committed to the development of Kuwait and would provide skilled workforce in multiple sectors aligned with Kuwait’s Vision 2035 to diversify the economy away from oil and strengthen relations with Asia.
Pakistanis make up one of the largest groups of foreigners living and working in Kuwait.