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Pakistan sees single-day high of 88 virus deaths

A worker sprays disinfectant in the main hall of All Saints Church, in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus, in Peshawar, Pakistan, on May 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)

ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's daily death toll from the coronavirus is climbing, hitting a new high of 88 overnight, amid reports of acute care bed shortages and near daily warnings from health professionals to tighten lockdown measures.

    The government, however, has kept mosques open, urging safe distancing but not enforcing the rules.

    In the latest reduction of restrictions, the government has withdrawn the limits on congregations in mosques and churches in Muslim-majority Pakistan, where minorities make up less than 5% of the population of 220 million.

    Pakistan has confirmed 69,496 cases of the coronavirus, including 1,483 deaths.

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