Over 50% coronavirus cases in Pakistan locally transmitted says health department
Ministry of National Health Services said 128 people have died due to the virus so far in Pakistan, while 1,645 patients recovered, and that majority of coronavirus cases are locally transmitted.
Coronavirus cases in Pakistan rose to 6,919 on Thursday as the health department said that about 58% of the total COVID-19 cases in the country are now locally transmitted.
According to the Ministry of National Health Services, 128 people have died due to the virus so far in Pakistan, while 1,645 patients recovered.
It said that worst-hit Punjab province has registered 3,291 cases, Sindh 2,008, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 912, Balochistan 280, Gilgit-Baltistan 237, Islamabad 145 and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir 46.
The authorities have conducted 78,979 tests so far, including 5,540 in the last 24 hours.
The data released by the National Command and Operation Centre on Thursday showed that around 58% of the country's total coronavirus cases are locally transmitted.
When the pandemic began spreading in the country last month, the number of imported cases was much higher than locally transmitted ones.
But the scales began tilting gradually, with imported cases slowing as the government suspended international flights on March 21, and reports of virus patients with no travel history began making the rounds, Dawn reported.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has chided his advisor on health for his "irresponsible attitude" and failing to brief the Supreme Court on the efforts of his government to contain the disease.
The Supreme Court has criticised the entire Cabinet for the failure to address the problems by the country, resulting in debate on social media, with some users lashing out at the court.
Khan was also angry at the people who debated the court ruling on social media and some of them who criticised the court.
He ordered the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to probe against the people responsible for running a social media campaign against the country's top judge and other members of the superior judiciary.