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COVID-19: Pakistan death toll crosses 14,000 mark, records highest daily number of new cases

Islamabad: Pakistan recorded its highest daily number of coronavirus cases in nearly nine months as the country is grappling with the more contagious third wave of COVID-19

4,368 new infections reported as 3rd coronavirus wave hits

A paramedic takes a nose-swab sample to be tested for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Karachi, Pakistan.Image Credit: Reuters

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Pakistan on Friday reported at least 4,368 new coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours – the highest single-day tally since July 2020. The recent infections have taken the country’s total tally of COVID-19 cases to 645,356. Prime Minister Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi also tested positive for the virus last week.

The total death toll in the country has now reached 14,091 with at least 63 lives lost to coronavirus during the last day. Nearly 3,333 coronavirus patients are currently under treatment at 631 hospitals across the country and 2,758 of them are in critical condition, the health ministry said.

Restrictions reintroduced

Different parts of urban Pakistan are currently under smart lockdown and maximum restrictions have been put in place to prevent the spread of the virus.

Several restrictions have been reimposed in COVID hotspots including mandatory mask-wearing, restricted public life, 50 percent work-from-home policy and 10pm time limit for commercial activities.

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