President Dr Arif Alvi urged the nation on Sunday to strictly follow precautionary measures in order to mitigate the risk of an increased number of Covid-19 cases in the country.

President Alvi, in a video message said, “we have overcome the pandemic to a significant extent, but will have to follow the SOPs to completely overcome it”.

The president highlighted the need for wearing masks in mosques and bazaars, washing hands and following social distancing rules so the country can be free from the pandemic.

He warned that countries that had overcome the first wave are again reporting a high number of cases daily, which means there was a high chance the virus can rise in Pakistan too.

Appreciating the government’s strategy to control the virus, Dr Alvi said that the smart lockdown policy yielded positive results and saved many people from unemployment.

However, he added, that precautionary measures will have to be taken in order for the situation to remain under control.

It is noteworthy to mention here that sixteen more people died of coronavirus in the country over the past 24 hours, taking the overall death toll from the disease to 6,654, according to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC).

567 fresh infections surfaced when 32,062 samples were tested during this period, lifting the national tally of cases to 323,019. Around 307,069 people have recovered from the disease so far across Pakistan with the addition of 429 recoveries recorded over the previous 24 hours. The number of active coronavirus cases in the country stands at 9,296 from which 534 patients are said to be in critical condition.

A total of 4,074,024 tests have been conducted so far.

Worldwide Situation of Covid-19

The number of coronavirus cases across the world has surpassed thirty-nine point five million while pandemic has claimed more than one-point one million lives so far.

The United States is a worst-hit country with over eight point two million infection cases and nearly 223,600 deaths followed by India with over seven point four million cases and over 113,000 deaths.

More than twenty-nine point six million patients stand recovered.

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