The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 11,155 on Friday after new infections were confirmed in the country.
The province-wise break up of the total number of cases as follows:
Total confirmed cases: 11,155
• Sindh: 3,671
• Punjab: 4,767
• Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 1,541
• Balochistan: 607
• Islamabad Capital Territory: 214
• Gilgit-Baltistan: 300
• AJK: 55
• Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 85
• Sindh: 73
• Balochistan: 8
• Gilgit-Baltistan: 3
• Punjab: 65
• 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.
Lahore, Pakistan — Railways minister to hold iftar party despite lockdown
Railways Minister Shaikh Rashid invited journalists for an iftar party despite the ongoing lockdown imposed in the country due to the coronavirus.
According to the spokesperson of railways, the party will be held at Railways Mayo garden, adding that social distancing will be maintained during the party. He added that the expenses for the party were being paid by the minister, not from the government budget.
Union leaders say utility store employees not being provided with protection equipment
Union leaders of utility stores have said that they are not being provided with any protective equipment to work during the coronavirus pandemic.
Chairman of the utility stores employees association Nadeem Iqbal stated that the doctors were getting a double pay but they were not getting a single penny more than they earn. He added that they were demanding their legitimate demands.
Punjab speaker asks provincial govt to release funds for lawyers
Punjab Assembly Speaker Pervaiz Elahi has asked the provincial government to issue a fund for lawyers at once.
The speaker stated that there was no use of issuing the funds without delay as the lawyers can neither do any business nor any work. He added that the world was affected by the pandemic and every sector in the country was affected by the virus.
No reason for employees to go on strike: MD utility stores
Managing Director of Utility Stores Corporation Umar Lodhi has stated that valid demands of the employees have been accepted and there was no reason for them to go on strike now.
Lodhi stated that board has also given them assurances in writing. He added that the union’s decision to go on a strike a day before Ramadan was inexplainable.
The MD also explained that they were planning to bring the utility stores in the list of essential items so no one can close the stores abruptly.
Friday prayers held at Faisal Mosque in Islamabad
Friday prayers at the Faisal Mosque was done without any prayer mats and with social distancing between the people.