The Covid-19 respiratory illness caused by this mysterious contagion has so far infected more than 5.3 million people in 202 countries and territories of the world – and over 335,000 of them have died and counting.
Pakistan, despite its close proximity with China, remained coronavirus-free until February 26 when a young man from Karachi tested positive after returning from Iran – one of the worst-hit countries. After a brief hiatus following the first case, Covid-19 cases spiked as more pilgrims returning from Iran tested positive for the virus.
Nearly one and a half months after imposing the lockdown across the country, Prime Minister Imran Khan announced to ease the lockdown in phases.
The nationwide tally of Covid-19 patients stands at 55,691 with 19,557 cases in Punjab, 22,491 in Sindh, 7,905 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 3,306 in Balochistan, 619 in Gilgit-Baltistan, 1,592 in Islamabad and 221 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
The virus has claimed at least 1,155 lives while at least 17,271 coronavirus patients have recovered and people here are celebrating Eid-ul- Fitr in this pandemic while maintaining social distancing.