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•PTI •Islamabad

Despite a steady rise in the number of the coronavirus cases in the country, Pakistan on Saturday began easing the month-long lockdown.

Total cases in the country rose to 27,474 with a big jump of 1,637 infections and 24 deaths reported in a single day.

Citing the economic crisis due to the shutdown, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said that by allowing various businesses to open up from Saturday, Pakistan would begin easing its nationwide lockdown in a phase-wise manner citing the economic crisis due to the shutdown, which was enforced in the country in March end.

The federal government was trying to provide maximum relief to the people but due to the current economic conditions of the country, the lockdown must be eased, the Express Tribune quoted Khan as saying.

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