Pakistan’s coronavirus cases reach 64,520, death toll soars to 1,346

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LAHORE – Coronavirus cases in Pakistan reached 64,520 with 2,636 new patients while the death toll climbed to 1,346 after 57 people lost their lives in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said on Friday.

Over 25,309 cases were diagnosed in Sindh, 22,964 in Punjab, 8,842 in KP, 3,928 in Balochistan, 2,100 in Islamabad, 658 in Gilgit-Baltistan, and 227 in AJK, reported the Ministry of National Health Services.

However, the ministry said, 22,305 patients have been recovered so far from the virus.

The health authorities conducted 11,931 coronavirus tests during the last 24 hours, taking the number of tests done so far to 520,017.

On Thursday, a senior journalist Fakhruddin died due to the coronavirus in Peshawar, making him the first media casualty of the virus in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

Similarly, two employees of Radio Pakistan, including a studio engineer and a veteran newsreader, died due to the coronavirus.

Muhammad Ashfaq, a Senior Broadcast Engineer, and Huma Zafar, an Urdu newscaster lost their lives.

Information Minister Senator Shibli Faraz has expressed grief and sorrow over the death of senior journalists and two employees of Radio Pakistan.

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