Tuesday saw the most deaths in a single day reported, at 46. Shaheen Raza, a 65-year-old female member of the Punjab Assembly (MPA), the country’s largest province, died in the eastern city of Lahore, the CEO of Mayo Hospital, Dr Asad Aslam, told Reuters.
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“She was admitted to a hospital on May 17, and brought to Mayo Hospital on Monday, where she tested positive for the virus,” Aslam said.
Raza belonged to the ruling party of Prime Minister Imran Khan and was elected on a reserved seat for women. Punjab’s Health Minister Yasmeen Rashid, who is from the same party, said Raza had been visiting quarantine centers in the province for inspections and was a cancer survivor.
Meanwhile, despite rising rates of infections and deaths, Pakistan continued to open up the country on Wednesday, with cross-country train operations restarting after almost two months.
The timing of the restart presents a challenge for authorities with the holiday of Eid Al Fitr, which marks the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan, due to falling on Sunday or Monday, subject to the sighting of the new moon – meaning tens of thousands of people will be looking to board trains for their home towns.
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