Pakistan coronavirus deaths top 100 in a day, infections 3,953
Passengers wearing facemasks amid concerns over the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, walk at a railway station in Karachi on April 5, 2021.–AFP
The third wave of coronavirus pandemic gave no hint of receding as the single-day death toll crossed the 100 mark for the first time during this wave.
According to the data released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Tuesday morning, another 103 people have lost their lives to the Covid-19 infection whereas 3,953 fresh cases were reported during the last 24 hours (Monday).
As per the NCOC statistics, after adding 103 fatalities, the death toll has now surged to 14,924 whereas the number of total confirmed cases stood at 696,184, after adding 3,953 new ones.
During the past 24 hours (Monday), 2,198 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the number of total recoveries stood at 618,158. As of Tuesday, the total count of active cases was recorded at 63,102 and the positivity rate stood at 8.47 percent.
As many as 266,926 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 235,569 in Punjab, 93,033 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 62,211 in Islamabad, 19,855 in Balochistan, 13,529 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and 5,061 in Gilgit Baltistan.
As many as 6,675 individuals have now lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab, 4,510 in Sindh, 2,469 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 584 in Islamabad, 372 in Azad Kashmir, 211 in Balochistan and 103 in Gilgit Baltistan.
A total of 46,665 tests were conducted during the last 24 hours (Monday) whereas 10,493,36 samples have been so far tested.
Punjab: Authorities reported 88 deaths due to the coronavirus, raising total casualties to 6,675. The province now has 235,569 confirmed cases; it reported 2,221 new infections after conducting 19,304 tests, a positivity ratio of 11.51 percent. There were 1,301 new recoveries recorded, leaving 196,985 fully recovered, and 31,909 active cases of the virus.
Sindh: Confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Sindh have now climbed to 266,926; it reported 308 new infections on Tuesday after conducting 10,300 tests, a positivity ratio of 2.99 percent. The province reported 1 new death, raising toll to 4,510, while its recoveries rose by 191 to 256,897. Overall, the province now has 5,519 active cases of the novel coronavirus.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: The provincial government recorded 610 new infections after conducting 7,198 tests, a positivity ratio of 8.47 percent. Overall, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s confirmed cases have climbed to 93,033. It recorded 12 new deaths and 150 recoveries, raising toll to 2,469 and recoveries to 79,030. There are currently 11,534 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.
Balochistan: The province raised its confirmed cases to 19,855 with 70 new infections after conducting 1,148 tests, a positivity ratio of 6.1 percent. There were no deaths and 23 recoveries in the past 24 hours, leaving 211 fatalities and 19,185 fully recovered. There are now 459 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.
Islamabad: The federal capital raised its confirmed coronavirus cases by 659 to 62,211 after conducting 7,500 tests; a positivity ratio of 8.79 percent. There was 1 death and 461 recoveries in the past 24 hours, leaving 584 casualties; 49,839 recovered; and 11,788 active cases.
Gilgit Baltistan: Gilgit-Baltistan reported 2 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday after conducting 396 tests, a positivity ratio of 0.5 percent; it now has 5,061 confirmed cases. The region reported no new deaths or recoveries, leaving 103 fatalities and 4,890 fully recovered people. There are currently 68 active cases of COVID-19 in the region.
Azad Kashmir: In Azad Kashmir, confirmed cases rose by 57 to 13,529 after conducting 819 tests, a positivity ratio of 6.6 percent. There were 2 deaths and 45 recoveries in the past 24 hours, leaving 372 fatalities and 11,332 fully recovered. It now has 1,825 active cases of COVID-19.
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With inputs from AFP.