LAHORE: The Punjab province has witnessed a sudden increase in the number of Covid-19 new coronavirus cases after Eidul Azha, Dharti News reported.
The everyday cases which had dropped to [on average] below 100 during the last one week, again increased to around 300.
Though, some medical experts were not perturbed and declared it a routine surge, others believed that it might be a signal for the beginning of the second wave of virus. Punjab reported 277 new confirmed coronavirus cases of Covid-19 besides five deaths during the last 24 hours against 235 a day earlier.
Of the new coronavirus cases, 100 were reported from Lahore against 52 a day before, 58 from Rawalpindi (54), 25 from Gujranwala, 13 from Multan (11 a day earlier), 11 from Sialkot, eight from Gujrat etc.
According to official figures released by the health department on Thursday, the total number of the confirmed cases in Punjab reached 93,847 including 47,729 in Lahore, 7,503 in Rawalpindi, 5,856 in Multan and 5,812 in Faisalabad.
The Punjab government performed 5,424 Covid-19 tests during the last 24 hours across the province. Of them most were conducted by the private labs.
Previously, Pakistan reported slightly over 1,000 new coronavirus cases of the novel coronavirus — the lowest daily figure in the last three months, official statistics showed.
With 1,013 new coronavirus cases reported over the past 24 hours, the total number of infections reached 266,096, with 1,481 of them in critical condition, according to the Health Ministry data.
This is the lowest daily figure of confirmed coronavirus cases since May 14 when the country reported only 490 cases. Following a gradual decline in the number of fatalities, some 40 patients died due to the disease across the country, raising the death toll to 5,639. Nearly 70% of patients, or 208,030, have recovered so far.