LAHORE: Pakistan on Thursday has reported 63 deaths from novel corona virus while the total number of cases has surged to 4322. According to details, 2,171 patients have been tested positive for the epidemic in Punjab, 1036 in Sindh, 560 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 213 in Gilgit-Baltistan, 212 in Balochistan, 102 in Islamabad and 28 in Azad Kashmir. So far, 572 patients have recovered in the country while 25 are in critical condition.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said that a total of Rs12,000 will be distributed among 12 million families at 17,000 different point from April 9. He assured that distribution of funds to the deserving families will be totally merit-based, transparent and non-political what may come.
The prime minister maintained that the Ehsas programme was free of any political influence as the data was collected digitally. Imran Khan went on to say that the Corona Tigers Relief Force has two main purposes: to identify people who are needy and to identify people who need to be put under quarantine. “The force volunteers will try to locate people who are unable to register through SMS for the cash disbursement programme,” he said. State Minister for Health Dr Zafar Mirza clarified that warmer weather will not affect the spread of corona virus.
Talking to media outside Supreme Court, Dr Zafar Mirza rejected the theory that warmer weather slow or stop the spread of corona virus and said that government is trying to stop the spread of the pandemic. He also said that deaths and infections of corona virus in Pakistan are lower than projected numbers.