Pakistan now has more corona cases than China: 85,264
Also records 82 more deaths, raising overall total to 1,770
A health official (behind) wearing protective gear holds a swab after taking a sample from a woman (front) at the drive-through screening and testing facility for the COVID-19 coronavirus alongside a street in Islamabad.–AFP
Pakistan reached yet another tragic milestone as it surpassed China in the total number of coronavirus cases during the past 24 hours [Wednesday] while another 82 deaths were also reported, raising the death toll to 1,770 in the country.
With the addition of 4,688 newly-infected persons, Pakistan now has 85,264 cases against 83,022 in China, proving the fears that the country has yet to experience the worst in the current pandemic.
It also means that the daily record of new coronavirus cases has been broken on three consecutive days. It was 4,131 on Tuesday and 3,938 on Monday.
Most of the new cases were reported in Sindh where the total has jumped to 32,910 from the previous level of 31,086 recorded Tuesday, the figures released by National Command and Operation Centre showed on Thursday.
Punjab is second with the cases currently standing at 31,104 followed by 11,373 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 5,224 in Balochistan, 3,544 in Islamabad, 824 in Gilgit-Baltistan and 285 in Azad Kashmir.
The abovementioned figures again reveal the alarming trend being witnessed in Islamabad as 356 new cases are recorded in the federal capital, which is very high given the small population size we have there.
It was reported Wednesday that the Islamabad Police too was being badly affected by the pandemic, as 45 officials tested positive for the virus during the last one week.
On the other hand, Punjab recorded 37 more deaths during the past 24 hours which is a continuation of a trend being witnessed in recent days. It means a total of 607 deaths have so far been reported in the province.
Sindh has 555 deaths with the addition 29 new ones followed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 500, Balochistan 51, Islamabad 38, Gilgit-Baltistan 12 and Azad Kashmir seven.
Meanwhile, the country currently has 53,366 active cases against the total recoveries of 30,128.
Moreover, 20,167 tests were conducted during the past 24 hours in different parts of Pakistan, raising the overall number to 615,511.