Highest daily virus death toll in Pakistan

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Pakistan has reported its highest COVID-19 death toll in a single day.

Authorities reported 157 deaths on Saturday, bringing the overall fatalities to 16,999.

A total of 5908 additional cases pushed the toll to 790,016, as authorities complain of routine violations of social distancing and mask-wearing rules.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday announced that military troops would be called to help police enforce the restrictions in public places.

Authorities also decided to keep educational institutions closed until the situation improves.

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said in a talk show on Saturday that despite the increasing cases and deaths, Pakistan's situation was better than in neighbouring India.

He said a planeload of 500,000 doses of China's Sinovac vaccines arrived on Friday.