Pakistan reports 60 coronavirus deaths, 2,963 cases
The second wave of the coronavirus pandemic claimed 60 more lives during the past 24 hours, raising the death toll in Pakistan to 8,547, showed the latest data released by National Command and Operation Centre on Wednesday morning.
Punjab again recorded most of these deaths as 24 people died of the virus in the province. It was followed by 21 in Sindh, 10 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, four in Islamabad and one in Balochistan.
On the other hand, the total number of coronavirus cases reached 426,412 after the virus was found in another 2,963 people on Tuesday.
And it was Sindh where most of the latest infections were reported with 1,472 new cases. The corresponding figures for Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Islamabad were 613, 428 and 369 respectively.
Hence, the pandemic-related region-wise numbers currently stand at: Sindh 187,684 cases and 3,081 deaths, Punjab 124,804 cases and 3,242 deaths, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 50,506 cases and 1,429 deaths, Islamabad 33,420 cases and 345 deaths, Balochistan 17,540 cases and 170 deaths, Azad Kashmir 7,427 cases and 182 deaths, Gilgit Baltistan 4,761 cases and 98 deaths.
Meanwhile, the number of people recovering from the coronavirus infection reached 372,271 with the addition of 1,797 on Tuesday. It means the number of closed cases [deaths + patients recovering from infection] has increased to 380,818.
Hence, the country currently has 45,594 active cases out of which 2,498 are in a critical condition and being treated in intensive care units of different hospitals with 348 of them having been placed on ventilators.
The ongoing testing process is part of the efforts to identify, isolate and trace new coronavirus cases to control the infection rate.
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With inputs from AFP.