Islamabad, May 22 : The number of COVID-19 cases has risen to 50,694 with 1,067 deaths in Pakistan, according to the data updated by the country's health ministry Friday morning. A total of 2,603 new cases and 50 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, the statistics revealed. Overall, 34,426 patients are under treatment in hospitals while 15,201 have recovered completely, which is 30 per cent of the total confirmed cases.
The country's southern Sindh province is the most affected region with 19,924 cases followed by eastern Punjab province with 18,455 cases. The northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province reported 7,155 cases, with 365 deaths. At least 3,074 cases have been reported in southwestern Balochistan province, 1,326 in the capital city Islamabad, and 602 in northern Gilgit-Baltistan region.
Sindh province recorded 336 deaths, followed by Punjab where 310 infected people have lost their lives, the statistics said, adding that Pakistan has conducted 4,45,987 tests officially so far. The Pakistan government started to ease the lockdown from May 9, aiming at mitigating the influence of the COVID-19 outbreak and the lockdown on the labour class and the poor in the country. (UNI)