PESHAWAR: The COVID-19 cases and deaths in Pakistan, particularly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, continued to rise during Eid days as lockdown was lifted and precaution was not observed in many places.

The death toll from the novel coronavirus in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has reached 416 as eight new deaths were reported on Tuesday.

According to latest data shared by the KP Health Department, as many as 179 new cases were confirmed in the province during the last 24 hours, taking the tally to 8,259. Out of eight new deaths, four have been reported in Swat, two in Peshawar, and one each in Bajaur and Malakand.

The Health Department said a total of 2,578 patients have recovered in KP including 49 during the last 24 hours.

KP maintains the grim milestone of most deaths from the pandemic in the country, while Peshawar remains the most affected district of KP with 237 deaths. The total confirmed cases in the metropolis have reached 3,071.

According to official data, Swat remains the second most affected district with 36 deaths, Mardan has reported 25 deaths, Nowshera and Malakand has reported 14 deaths each, Abbottabad has reported 12 deaths, Swabi reported 11 and Bajaur tribal district has reported 10 deaths.

The death toll and infections are continuously increasing in KP mainly due to lack of care and precautions by the people as people are seen openly roaming in bazaars, parks and shopping markets without wearing facemask or using hand sanitizers. Precaution in mosques is also very rarely observed. The rising cases have forced the government to again ponder the option enforcing another lockdown.

Countrywide death toll reaches 1,225

Death toll from COVID-19 in Pakistan has mounted to 1,225.

As many as 416 deaths have been reported in KP, 362 in Punjab, 374 in Sindh, 42 in Balochistan, nine in Gilgit-Baltistan, 18 in Islamabad Capital Territory and four in Azad Kashmir.

The total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pakistan have mounted to 59,151.

Of these, 23,507 have been reported in Sindh, 21,118 in Punjab, 8,391 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 3,536 in Balochistan, 1,879 in Islamabad Capital Territory, 638 in Gilgit-Baltistan and 214 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

As many as 15,201 patients have recovered from the virus in Pakistan.