Staff Reporters Peshawar/ Islamabad
Pakhtunkhwa provinces as well as Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) announced the imposition of lockdowns during the Eidul Fitr holidays in light of the decisions taken by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) late last month. Punjab government has already announced lockdown from May 8.
The announcements come as the country crossed another milestone in the fight against coronavirus pandemic, administering Covid vaccine to more than 200,000 people in a single day amid the ongoing third wave of the pandemic, driven by the UK strain of the virus.
The third wave, which emerged in the first week of March, saw more than 5,000 new infections and over 100 fatalities every day for the past many weeks.
Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and AJK are the worst affected federating units of the country by the pandemic.
Meanwhile, Pakistan has reported 108 deaths in the last 24 hours by novel coronavirus as the number of positive cases has surged to 845,833. The nationwide tally of fatalities has jumped to 18,537 on Thursday.
According to the latest figures by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) 4,198 persons tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.
Punjab remains the worst-hit province in terms of deaths and cases followed by Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Till now 8,809 individuals have lost their lives to the epidemic in Punjab 4,691 in Sindh, 3,497 in KP, 699 in Islamabad, 494 in Azad Kashmir, 240 in Balochistan, and 107 in GB.