Buses and taxis returned to the streets of Karachi, Wednesday, June 3, after Pakistan allowed public transport to resume in a further easing of its coronavirus restrictions.
READ MORE: Health officials in Pakistan said Wednesday two more lawmakers have died after contracting the coronavirus, as the national tally of infections has risen by nearly 500% over the past month.
The pandemic hit the country of 220 million people in late February and has since killed about 1,700 Pakistanis, including five members of national and provincial parliaments.
Officials have confirmed several other lawmakers and ministers also are among more than 80,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 infections.
Despite Pakistan witnessing a rapid increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, Prime Minister Imran Khan has rejected calls for enforcing a complete lockdown to stem the spread of the disease.
He has warned that such a move would endanger the lives of millions of poverty-stricken families, mostly those of daily wagers and laborers. Their livelihood means have already been disrupted by initial lockdown restrictions, he insisted.