Deadly coronavirus claims 67 more lives in Pakistan
Cases top 400,000, active cases 49,000
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The last 24 hours (Monday) proved to be one of the deadliest for Pakistan since July as 67 people died of the coronavirus, raising the death toll to 8,091 in the country.
According to the latest data released by National Command and Operation Centre on Tuesday morning, 45 of these coronavirus patients lost their lives in Punjab where the second wave is proving to be deadlier when compared with other regions as the number of deaths in the province topped 3,000.
It was followed by 11 in Sindh, four each in Islamabad and Azad Kashmir, and one each in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.
On the other hand, there was some reduction in the number of new infections on the second consecutive day after the virus found in another 2,458 people after which the overall number reached 400,482.
The region-wise details of the pandemic-related figures are given below as most of the new infections are being reported in Sindh, Punjab, Islamabad and Azad Kashmir.
Sindh 174,350 cases and 2,935 deaths, Punjab 119,558 cases and 3,036 deaths, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 47,350 cases and 1,369 deaths, Islamabad 20,406 cases and 318 deaths, Balochistan 17,187 cases and 167 deaths, Azad Kashmir 6,933 cases and 169 deaths, Gilgit Baltistan 4,658 cases and 97 deaths.
In this scenario, the active coronavirus cases in the country are on the rise with the total currently standing at 49,105. The reason behind this trend is higher infection rate and less number of people recovering from the infectious disease.
Of those currently admitted in hospitals, 2,165 patients are in a critical condition with 300 of them placed on ventilators.
Meanwhile, the number of patients recovering from the infection increased to 343,286 with the addition of 1,863 during the last 24 hours.
Also on Monday, the authorities administered 40,969 more tests in their efforts to identify, isolate and trace new cases to control the infection rate, increasing the overall number to 5,549,779.
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With inputs from AFP.