KARACHI, Pakistan

The number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan crossed 6,500 on Thursday after the country reported the highest daily jump in over a week.

The Health Ministry said 520 people tested positive for COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, raising the total number of cases to 6,505.

This was the second highest single-day tally for Pakistan after 577 cases were reported on April 6.

Most of the new cases were confirmed in the southern Sindh and northeastern Punjab provinces.

The ministry confirmed that 17 more patients — the highest daily total yet — died from the virus over the

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