Latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic from Pakistan and around the world


The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 38,741 on Friday after new infections were confirmed in the country.

The province-wise break up of the total number of cases as of 12:05am, May 16, is as follows:

Total confirmed cases: 38,741

• Sindh: 14,916

• Punjab: 14,201

• Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 5,678

• Balochistan: 2,457

• Islamabad Capital Territory: 866

• Gilgit-Baltistan: 518

• AJK: 105

Deaths: 834

• Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 291

• Sindh: 255

• Balochistan: 31

• Gilgit-Baltistan: 4

• Punjab: 245

• Islamabad Capital Territory: 7

• AJK: 1

Officials have recorded more than 4.43 million cases and more than 301,000 deaths since the virus emerged in China in December.

Read on for the latest updates from Pakistan and around the world.

Disclaimer: There may be some discrepancy in the number of confirmed cases reported at the country level due to differences in figures quoted by federal and provincial authorities.

Geo News is constantly gathering fresh information from concerned authorities and striving to keep our readers up to date with the most accurate information available.

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Red: Reports on new cases in Pakistan

Maroon: Reports on new deaths in Pakistan

Green: Reports on recovered patients in Pakistan

8:45am — Washington, US — Trump says considering making vaccine available free of charge

US President Donald Trump said on Friday he was looking at possibly making a coronavirus vaccine available free of charge.

“We’re looking at that, actually,” Trump said when asked by a reporter at the White House whether a vaccine would be free.

8:35am — Washington, US — Trump administration to restore partial funding to WHO: Fox News

US President Donald Trump’s administration is set to restore partial funding to the World Health Organisation, Fox News reported late on Friday, citing a draft letter

The Trump administration will “agree to pay up to what China pays in assessed contributions” to the WHO, Fox News reported, quoting from the letter.

Trump suspended US contributions to the WHO on April 14, accusing it of promoting China’s “disinformation” about the coronavirus outbreak and saying his administration would launch a review of the organisation. WHO officials denied the claims and China has insisted it was transparent and open.

The United States was the WHO’s biggest donor. If the US matches China’s contribution, as the Fox report adds, its new funding level will be about one-tenth of its previous funding amount of about $400 million per year.

8:20am — Brasilia, Brazil — Brazil registers new daily record of 15,305 coronavirus cases

Brazil confirmed 15,305 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday, a record for 24 hours, as well as 824 related deaths, according to data from the Health Ministry.

Brazil has registered 218,223 confirmed coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic and 14,817 deaths.

6:35pm/May 15 — Karachi, Pakistan — Minister says cannot allow public transport on roads

Sindh minister Owais Shah has said that while respecting the request of the prime minister, the provincial government cannot allow public transport on roads.

He said the cases are rising on a daily basis and SOPs are not being followed.

5:50pm/May 15 — Islamabad, Pakistan — PM Imran says situation under control in country

Prime Minister Imran Khan said the situation is under control across the country, warning in the same vein that the number of cases will inevitably rise.

PM Imran said that according to an earlier official projection, the number of cases was 52,695 until May 14.

The number of deaths were estimated to be 1,324 until the mid of May, said the prime minister.

Meanwhile, the prime minister said that due to the effective planning by the government, the rates of daily use items will not rise in Ramadan.

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