Pakistan on Saturday reported more than 1500 new coronavirus cases. It is a new one-day record over the past three months, official data showed.
Pakistan recorded more than 1500 new coronavirus cases, 1,502 to be exact in the last 24 hours. It is the highest single-day tally since July 30. The total count of coronavirus infections in Pakistan goes up to 341,753, according to Anadolu Agency.
On Friday, the country recorded 1,376 new coronavirus cases, the previous one-day spike in the past three months.
Another 20 people lost their lives due to the virus, bringing the death toll to 6,943.
As many as 317,898 people have recovered thus far, while active cases stand at 16,912.
Pakistan is seeing a second wave of coronavirus
In the first week of November alone, the country recorded over 7,500 new COVID-19 cases. New cases have forced the government to reimpose restrictions, which it had relaxed due to the flattening case curve across the country.
Fresh restrictions, which will apply to the capital Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, and several other big cities, include a fine for not wearing a face mask – effective as of today – and a ban on indoor wedding ceremonies starting on November 20. Outdoor weddings will be allowed with a maximum of 1,000 people.
Moreover, 50% of staff of all public and private offices will be asked to work from home.
Authorities also announced the closure of all parks and entertainment venues by 6 p.m. local time and markets, shopping centers, restaurants, and banquet halls by 10 p.m. nationwide.
In May, Pakistan eased virus restrictions and reopened businesses that were closed in March. The country is going through a second wave of the deadly coronavirus. Meanwhile, Pakistan has also issued new COVID-19 SOPs.
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