By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Health officials in Pakistan reported 783 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 12,723 through April 26. Of this total, 281 deaths have been recorded.


Minister for Health Dr Zafar Mirza said this weekend that 79 percent of the coronavirus cases in the country now were locally transmitted.

The most affected province due to COVID-19 virus is Punjab 5,378, followed by Sindh 4,232, officials report.

Pakistani health officials say they will ramp up COVID-19 testing to 50,000 tests a day starting next week. To date, some 131,000 tests have been performed.

Lastly, the government of Pakistan on Saturday extended the suspension of international flight operations till May 15 amid outbreak of coronavirus. As per the decision, the suspension of international flight operations has been extended till Friday (May 15).