A medical staff member wearing protective gear takes information from a resident sitting in a car for a coronavirus test at a drive-through screening and testing facility point during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, at the port city of Karachi on April 4, 2020. – The first drive-through coronavirus testing facility has been established by the Sindh provincial government at Karachi which will enable suspected coronavirus patients to get themselves tested without having to wait in long hospital queues. (Photo by Rizwan TABASSUM / AFP)

LAHORE: The Punjab province has witnessed a sudden increase in the number of Covid-19 new cases after Eidul Azha.

The everyday cases which had dropped to [on average] below 100 during the last one week, again increased to around 300.

Though, some medical experts were not perturbed and declared it a routine surge, others believed that it might be a signal for the beginning of the second wave of virus. Punjab reported 277 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 besides five deaths during the last 24 hours against 235 a day earlier.

Of the new cases, 100 were reported from Lahore against 52 a day before, 58 from Rawalpindi (54), 25 from Gujranwala, 13 from Multan (11 a day earlier), 11 from Sialkot, eight from Gujrat etc.ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD

According to official figures released by the health department on Thursday, the total number of the confirmed cases in Punjab reached 93,847 including 47,729 in Lahore, 7,503 in Rawalpindi, 5,856 in Multan and 5,812 in Faisalabad.

The Punjab government performed 5,424 Covid-19 tests during the last 24 hours across the province. Of them most were conducted by the private labs.