Pakistan reported a record single-day spike in Coronavirus -related deaths with 82 new fatalities and 4,688 cases that it says resulted from increased testing in the past 24 hours.
Pakistan’s outbreak has grown steadily since the country’s first case in February. Since then, 1,770 people have died and 85,264 have tested positive.
They listed 901 patients in critical condition at hospitals Thursday. The country has barely 3,000 intensive care beds serving a population of 220 million.
Pakistan for the first time conducted over 20,000 tests in the past 24 hours. It has done more than 615,000 tests after increasing its testing capacity from only two labs in February.
The spike comes after Prime Minister Imran Khan eased lockdown restrictions over expert’s recommendations to maintain them to prevent the spread of the virus. Something that is causing outrage in the third-world country.
Consequently, authorities have blamed people not adhering to social distancing regulations for the growing outbreak.
Indian COVID-19 Update
Meanwhile, the Indian health ministry said it was ramping up the testing across the country and has performed 4 million.
In India, COVID-19 fatalities have passed 6,000 after registering 260 deaths overnight.
The country registered 9,304 new cases in yet another record single-day spike in infections, raising its totals to 216,919 cases with 6,075 deaths, India’s health ministry reported Thursday.
They have done almost 140,000 tests daily through 480 government and 208 private laboratories.
India’s infections have spiked in recent weeks, mostly in its cities. The coastal state of Maharashtra continues to be the worst affected, with 74,860 cases and 2,587 deaths. India is the seventh worst-hit nation by the pandemic.