An employee shows a bundle of Pakistani one thousand rupee banknotes at a cash counter of the office of Pakistan Currency Exchange Pvt in Karachi, Pakistan, on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. Pakistan's rupee weakened to a record low after the central bank continued to ease its grip on the currency amid mounting economic pressure and speculation that the country may need International Monetary Fund support. Photographer: Asim Hafeez/Bloomberg

Pakistan will start distributing cash grants worth Rs12,000 ($70) to low-income families on Thursday, reports Al Jazeera correspondent Asad Hashim.

About 35 million people registered for the payment, according to Sania Nishtar, a senior government official. After verification, about 12 million people (one person for each household) were found to be eligible for the one-time grant.

Pakistan currently has 3,713 confirmed cases of coronavirus. At least 62 people have died. 

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