ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has warned of increasing burden on hospitals and existing health facilities if people do not follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) seriously.
Talking to volunteers of Corona Relief Tiger Force in Islamabad on Thursday, he said it is essential to make common people understand the importance of following precautionary measures.
He said if people follow SOPs in letter and spirit, the spread of disease could be curtailed. He said next one month is crucial and if we are able to convince people to adopt maximum precautionary measures, the peak of the disease could pass.
The Prime Minister said the administration is already stretched to their limits and we do not want to put additional pressure on them.
Imran Khan said volunteers are very important as they have played an important role in all countries in stemming the tide of the pandemic.
Praising volunteers and Corona Relief Tiger Force, the Prime Minister said youth is our future and they also have to play a key role in upcoming rainy season by planting maximum trees unprecedented in the history of the country.
On the other hand, Pakistan has confirmed 148 deaths in a single day by novel coronavirus as the number of positive cases has surged to 192,970. The nationwide tally of fatalities has jumped to 3,903.
According to the latest figures by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), 4,044 persons have been tested positive for COVID-19 in 24 hours.
Till now 74,070 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Sindh, 71,191 in Punjab, 23,887 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 9,817 in Balochistan, 11,710 in Islamabad, 1,365 in Gilgit-Baltistan and 930 in Azad Kashmir.
Furthermore, 1,602 individuals have lost their lives to the epidemic in Punjab, 1,161 in Sindh, 869 in KP, 108 in Balochistan, 115 in Islamabad, 23 in GB and 25 in Azad Kashmir.
Pakistan has so far conducted 1,171,976 coronavirus tests and 21,835 in last 24 hours. 81,307 coronavirus patients have recovered in the country whereas 3,003 patients are in critical condition.