Pakistan posts 84 coronavirus deaths, 1,923 infections in a day

By: News Desk      Published: 09:51 AM, 5 Jun, 2021
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Private security workers gather along a street in front of closed shops in a commercial market area during opening times restrictions to curb the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus in Karachi.–AFP

Another 84 people lost their lives to the coronavirus whereas 1,923 fresh cases were reported during the last 24 hours (Friday) across Pakistan, showed the data released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Saturday morning.

As per the latest NCOC figures, after adding the 84 news deaths the toll has now surged to 21,189 whereas the number of confirmed cases stood at 930,511 after adding 1,923 new ones.

During the past 24 hours (Friday), patients have recovered from the coronavirus whereas the total recoveries stood at 860,385.

As of Saturday, the total count of active cases was recorded at 48,937, whereas the positivity rate was dropped to 3.81 percent.

As many as 322,350 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 341,789 in Punjab, 134,072 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 81,626 in Islamabad, 25,589 in Balochistan, 19,456 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and 5,629 in Gilgit Baltistan.

Moreover, 10,241 individuals have so far lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab, 5,105 in Sindh, 4,135 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 763 in Islamabad, 551 in Azad Kashmir, 287 in Balochistan and 107 in Gilgit Baltistan.

The health facilities across the country conducted 50,393 coronavirus detection tests, taking the total number of Covid-19 tests to 13,471,17 since the first case was reported early last year.

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- 3.7 million dead -

The pandemic has killed at least 3,704,003 people worldwide since the virus first emerged in December 2019, according to an AFP compilation of official data. 

The US is the worst-affected country with 596,434 deaths, followed by Brazil with 469,388, India with 340,702, Mexico with 228,362, Peru with 185,380 and Britain with 127,812.

The figures are based on reports by health authorities in each country, but do not take into account upward revisions carried out later by statistical bodies. 

The WHO says up to three times more people have died directly or indirectly due to the pandemic than official figures suggest.

With inputs from AFP.