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08 Jun 2020 | 08:25 PM UTC

Pakistan: Over 100,000 COVID-19 cases confirmed in country as of June 8 /update 28

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Pakistani authorities announce over 100,000 cases nationwide as of June 8; further international spread of the virus expected in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/8/2020, 12:00 AM until 6/17/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Karachi). COUNTRY/REGION Pakistan

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On Monday, June 8, Pakistani authorities announced a further 4728 new cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country, as well as 287 deaths over the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 103,671 confirmed cases and 2067 fatalities.

Pakistan lifted its lockdown last month, introducing new regulations governing the reopening of markets, industries, and public transport, as well as making the wearing of face masks and social distancing mandatory. However, authorities stated that many markets and shops had been forced to close following breaches of the new rules, especially during the holiday period of Eid al-Fitr at the end of May. Prime Minister Imran Khan has stated that despite the rise in COVID-19 cases, Pakistan would not reenter a strict lockdown, as Pakistan's economy was too fragile.

Further international spread of the virus is to be expected over the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease. 


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