Pakistan Reported Its Highest Single-Day COVID Death Toll Since December

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan reported 100 deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday, its highest single-day toll since December amid a spike in infections.

Most of the deaths were reported in the eastern province of Punjab, where a partial lockdown has been imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Both President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan have tested positive for the coronavirus days after receiving their first dose of the two-dose vaccine. Khan later acknowledged that he tested positive because he ignored social distancing rules.

He urged people to strictly adhere to social distancing rules to avoid the disease.

Pakistan is using the Sinopharm vaccine that was donated by Beijing last month to vaccinate health care workers and older people.

Pakistan is in the middle of a virus surge the government says is worst than last year's outbreak, when a nationwide lockdown was imposed.

Pakistan has reported 663,200 cases of infection, including 14,356 deaths from COVID-19, since the pandemic began.


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