People walk under a billboard that shows gratitude to frontline workers fighting against the spread of the COVID-19 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. AFP
The government has expressed satisfaction that the coronavirus situation in Pakistan would not worsen during the current month as was earlier feared.
Pakistan's COVID-19 recovery rate has also reached 55.5% after 11,471 recoveries were recorded across the country over the past 24 hours.
According to the government's COVID-19 portal, these recoveries were the highest single-day jump in the country.
The total number of recovered cases in the country now stand at 125,094, while 2,460 patients are in critical condition.
"I had earlier warned cases of COVID-19 might exceed 1.2 million by the end of July. However, as a result of precautionary measures followed by people and the administration, the tally of cases may be less than 400,000,” Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar said at a presser.
However, he said, while the country’s overall coronavirus situation was getting better, there was no significant improvement in Sindh, particularly Karachi.
Umar said the number of deaths, people admitted to hospitals and patients on ventilators had dropped, which was a good sign.
Lauding people’s response to the government’s standard operating procedures (SOPs) to curb the spread of the virus, he said if this continued the situation would continue to improve.
"However, it does not mean that the pandemic is over and you can do whatever you want as any lapse in following preventive measures can cause spike in COVID-19 cases,” he said, adding: "Although cases are declining, we are not seeing significant improvement in Sindh, especially Karachi.”
"The National Command and Operation Centre team held a meeting with the provincial chief secretary and health minister and is working on a way to replicate the results from the rest of the country in Sindh,” he said and urged the people to follow doctors’ advice seriously.
"We expect the first 10,000 doses to come on March 25, and 100,000 next month and 200,000 the month after," said Hassan Abbas, an official of AJ Pharma, CanSino's local partner, which will be importing the vaccine.
After President Duterte further relaxed quarantine restrictions and allowed more businesses to reopen, leaders of nearly 100 medical organisations held an online news conference and warned that the health system may collapse as many medical personnel fall ill or resign out of fear, fatigue or poor working conditions.
The sealing of high-risk area comes as Pakistan reported 6,472 news cases on Saturday, the country's highest single-day total. Pakistan has confirmed a total of 132,405 cases, including 2,551 deaths.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Communication Dr Shahbaz Gill held a fiery media conference in which he lashed out at Shirazi for criticising the government’s economic policies in her article.
Sheikh Mohammed exchanged cordial conversations with Simonyte about the bilateral relations between the two countries and ways to advance economic relations towards a new stage that achieves the interests of the two countries and their development aspirations in various fields of common interest, foremost of which are the sectors of advanced technology, innovation, and renewable energy.
This was announced by the Seismology Department of the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM), which monitors earthquake activities in the United Arab Emirates.
Sheikh Mohammed was accompanied during the visit by his sons, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Media Council, and Sheikh Mansour Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.