Pakistan’s coronavirus death toll has passed the 1,000 mark, according to the country’s health ministry.

The country has now recorded at least 48,091 confirmed cases and 1,017 deaths, the ministry said.

Pakistan reported its first Covid-19 death on March 18, and implemented a nationwide lockdown soon after.

It was eased earlier this month, with restrictions lifting in several phases. Though some shops and manufacturers have already resumed business, all schools remain closed until July 15.

“We are doing this because the people of our country our suffering economically,” said Prime Minister Imran Khan when announcing the measures would be lifted.