COVID-19 in Pakistan, October onwards

Pakistan // 01 December, 2020

More than 400,482 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed including at least 8,091 deaths.

The Government of Pakistan is monitoring the COVID-19 situation and publishes Daily Situation Reports.

Ministry of National Health Services, Pakistan updates on Twitter.

National Emergency Operations Centre Helpline: 1166

WHO EMRO COVID-19 tracker.

Status: Increasing

1 December: COVID-19 activity continues in the country, although there is a slight decline in the daily new confirmations in the last three days.  The US CDC considers COVID-19 to be at very high levels in Pakistan. 

26 November: New case confirmations are rising in the country. At least 3,300 new cases were confirmed in the last 24-hours which is about a 1,000 cases more than those reported last week. The recovery rate is at 86.6% and death rate at 2%. Officials are taking urgent measures to curb the rise in COVID-19 activity. New preventive measures have been announced but it is unclear when these measures will be implemented. Schools that can conduct online classes will continue to function, while other school may be closed until 10 January 2021. Restaurants with indoor seating are likely to be closed. New guidelines for places of worship are being discussed.

22 November: Scientists from National Electronics Complex of Pakistan (NECOP) have developed a software based on artificial intelligence that can detect COVID-19 very quickly. The tool named COV-RAID has an accuracy of 90% and is reported to be cost-effective. The Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) is trailing the tool and the final results are yet to be released. 

18 November: The World Health Organization has reported a resurgence of cases and deaths during the last week. A 45% increase in cases and 21% rise in deaths has been recorded. More than 2,200 cases were notified in the last 24-hours. However, considering the country's population and the health infrastructure, the WHO considers the containment of COVID-19 a success in the country. Over 89% cases have recovered. 

12 November: Cases continue to increase since early November, more than 1,800 new cases were recorded in the last 24-hours. Cases have significantly increased in a few areas including Islamabad Capital Territory, Sindh, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. There are more than 22,000 active cases. The trend in daily deaths and hospital admissions is also on the rise. More than 1,160 cases are in a critical condition. 

5 November: Cases continue to rise in the country, at least 1,300 new cases were reported in the last 24-hours. Officials are concerned with the rise in numbers of deaths being recorded daily. They have warned that strict measures will be adopted in case the public does not obey to COVID-19 prevention standard operating procedures which include use of masks in public places, social distancing and hand hygiene. 

29 October: As cases of COVID-19 rise in the country, officials have mandated the use of face masks in all public places. Other measures include shutting of parks and entertainment areas by 6 PM and shopping centres, restaurants and party halls by 10 PM nationwide. These measures will be implemented from today. Antigen testing has been approved in the country to increase testing rates. 

Overall, at least 94% of the cases have recovered and 2% died.  

27 October: At least 773 new cases were confirmed in the last 24-hours. There are 11,190 active cases, of which 576 are in critical condition. COVID-19 activity has shown an increase in the last few days. Punjab and Sindh are the worst affected provinces. 

20 October: About 430 new cases were confirmed in the last 24-hours. There are 9,384 active cases. Almost 95% cases have recovered. COVID-19 activity continues to decline.

14 October: COVID-19 activity continues to decline in the country. There are 8,782 active cases and 305,080 cases have recovered. Random sampling and testing was conducted at several educational institutions in Islamabad and the capital territory. 

1 October: The marginal increase in daily new confirmations that began in mid-September, continues. Overall there are 8,825 active cases in the country while over 297,490 cases have recovered. Punjab and Sindh are the most affected provinces. Educational institutions reopened after a six-month lockdown in a phased manner over the last two weeks.

See news from September and earlier here.

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