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


KARACHI/LAHORE/ISLAMABAD/PESHAWAR/QUETTA: The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 11,736 on Friday after new infections were confirmed in the country.

The province-wise break up of the total number of cases as of 11:46pm, April 24, is as follows:

Total confirmed cases: 11,736

• Sindh: 3,945

• Punjab: 4,851

• Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 1,708

• Balochistan: 656

• Islamabad Capital Territory: 214

• Gilgit-Baltistan: 307

• AJK: 55

Deaths: 248

• Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 89

• Sindh: 75

• Balochistan: 10

• Gilgit-Baltistan: 3

• Punjab: 68

• Islamabad Capital Territory: 3

Officials have recorded more than 2.7 million cases and 190,000 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.

Orange: General updates coming in from Pakistan

Red: Reports on new cases in Pakistan

Maroon: Reports on new deaths in Pakistan

Green: Reports on recovered patients in Pakistan

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9:05am — Beijing, China — More imported coronavirus cases reported despite restrictions

China’s northwestern province of Shaanxi reported on Saturday seven new imported cases of the novel coronavirus, all in citizens returning home from Russia, even as domestic cases in the country were largely curbed, Reuters reported.

The port city of Manzhouli in Inner Mongolia also reported three new imported cases, without giving details. China has instituted stringent checks at its ports and border points, banning the entry of foreign nationals on March 28, and even diverting international flights. 

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China sought to block a European Union report alleging that Beijing was spreading disinformation about the coronavirus outbreak, according to four sources and diplomatic correspondence reviewed by Reuters.

The report was eventually released, albeit just before the start of the weekend Europe time and with some criticism of the Chinese government rearranged or removed, a sign of the balancing act Brussels is trying to pull off as the coronavirus outbreak scrambles international relations.

8:50am — Washington, United States — US coronavirus death toll tops 51,000, handful of states move toward reopening

With the US coronavirus death toll topping 51,000 and nearly one in six workers out of a job, Georgia, Oklahoma and several other states took tentative steps at reopening businesses on Friday, despite disapproval from President Donald Trump and medical experts, Reuters reported.

Fitness clubs, hair salons, tattoo parlors and some other workplaces were allowed to open their doors by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, disregarding warnings from public health officials that easing restrictions too soon could lead to more infections and deaths.

8:45am — Geneva, Switzerland — World leaders launch plan to speed COVID-19 drugs, vaccine

World leaders pledged on Friday to accelerate work on tests, drugs and vaccines against COVID-19 and to share them around the globe, but the United States did not take part in the launch of the World Health Organization (WHO) initiative, Reuters reported.

French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa were among those who joined a video conference to launch what the WHO billed as a “landmark collaboration” to fight the pandemic.

11:46pm/April 24 — Peshawar, Pakistan — KP reports four deaths, 167 new cases

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa health department has reported four more deaths in the province, taking the grim total to 89.

A sharp surge in the number of cases was also reported. The tally rose to 1,708 after 167 new cases were documented. Of these, 56 are said to be international passengers put up in quarantine centres.

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