COVID-19 in Pakistan

Pakistan // 06 August, 2020

More than 281,863 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed including at least 6,035 deaths.

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

Twitter handle for the Ministry of National Health Services, Pakistan.

WHO EMRO COVID-19 tracker.

The National Emergency Operations Centre can be reached at Helpline number 1166, which can be contacted for information and emergencies.

6 August: Cases continue to decline. The new cases reported daily are below 1,000 per day. There are over 19,000 active cases in the country and at least 809 are reported to be in a critical condition.

31 July: There is a significant decline in the new cases reported per day. There are over 25,100 active cases in the country. Sindh is the most affected province. Hotspots still exist in Islamabad, despite declining case numbers.

21 July: New cases continue to be reported daily, though the rate continues to decline. The government has reduced testing due to the drop in patients seeking treatment. There are now 53,465 active cases, the lowest number since 3 June.

17 July: There are about 70,000 active cases and 1,895 patients are critically ill. Sindh has reported the highest number of cases while Punjab recorded the highest deaths. The lockdown in Sindh has been extended until 15 August. Overall, the decline in daily case detection continues. COVID-19 pandemic has pushed back response activities targeted at other infectious diseases. Authorities have expressed concern that the decline in vaccination could result in outbreaks of infectious disease like measles.

10 July: There are about 89,500 active cases and 2,375 are in a critical condition. The number of new cases recorded daily has declined since the second week of this month, the overall trend of COVID-19 activity in the country is still increasing. A new hospital for isolation and infection treatment has been isolated in Islamabad. The United States of America has donated about 100 ventilators.

3 July: Over 4,000 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours. Cases continue to rise nationwide. Pakistan has started producing its own ventilators that are locally designed.

29 June: About 95,400 cases have recovered. The number of new cases confirmed daily has reduced slightly since 20 June. At least 3,557 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours. Officials have ensured sufficient stock of dexamethosone and will be available on prescription only.

24 June: More than 77,700 people have recovered. About 3,800 new cases have been registered in the last 24 hours, while about 6,600 were reported on a single day at the beginning of this week. Sources report that the government is focused on the "smart lockdown" strategy.

18 June: Officials have stated that they will continue to use dexamethasone in serious cases of COVID-19, after the WHO recommended the drug for critically ill patients. Pakistan has been included in WHO's unity study as well, which aims to provide awareness for COVID-19 transmission.

15 June: Both Punjab and Sindh have reported more than 50,000 cases each. The National Command Operation Center (NCOC) has identified hotspots in 20 cities where the "smart lockdown" strategy will be implemented. This strategy aims to keep several sectors functional while curbing the spread of COVID-19.

10 June: Media sources report that the WHO has advised the Government of Pakistan to reimpose intermittent "lockdowns" as the number of cases confirmed daily continues to rise sharply. The WHO recommends imposing restriction in targeted areas for a specified duration. More than 5,300 cases were reported in the past 24-hours. The health system is overwhelmed.

9 June: Over 4,700 cases were confirmed in a day. Overall more than 700,000 tests have been conducted. Punjab is the worst affected province, followed by Sindh. The National Command and Operations Centre has launched the “Pak Nigheban App” to provide convenience to the public searching for healthcare facilities.

5 June: Over 4,800 cases have been confirmed. Very high number of cases are being confirmed each day during this week, probable reasons are the Eid holidays and easing of lockdown restrictions at the end of May.

3 June: At least 4,132 results have been positive for COVID-19 from over 17,300 tests that were conducted in the last 24 hours. About 100 labs have the capacity to carry at least 30,000 tests per day.

See news from May here.


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