Pakistan Continues To Make New Grim Single-Day Records As Virus Confusion Mounts

Traders and customers gather to bargain prices of commodities at a crowded vegetable market during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Peshawar on April 2, 2020. (Photo by Abdul MAJEED / AFP)

It seems like the mindless Eid festivities and the de facto end of the lockdown restrictions are beginning to show the dreaded results. Every new day is bringing new records of coronavirus positive cases and deaths related to the virus complications.

On Wednesday, the country made several new records related to the Covid-19 pandemic, the grip of which is only tightening in Pakistan as it loosens in the west. In the past 24 hours, the country registered 20,167 new cases from across the country in a new sobering record.

Sindh, Balochistan, and Islamabad, all broke their own previous records for new cases registering 1,824, 484, and 356 positives respectively. Punjab recorded 1,615, KP 476, GB 45, and AJK one new case of the novel coronavirus – high numbers but not beating the previous tallies.

Although new deaths were also recorded at a very high 82, Pakistan has fared worse in that area recording 88 deaths, its highest toll, on May 31.