Deaths 50 as Pakistan records 4,253 coronavirus cases in 24 hours

NCOC data shows positivity ratio climbs to 8.2%, active cases stand at 86,262: France to drop negative test for vaccinated travellers

By: News Desk
Published: 08:13 AM, 9 Feb, 2022
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Caption: A child receives a dose of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine at an event launching school vaccinations in Los Angeles.–AFP (File photo)
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Pakistan has added 50 more deaths to its coronavirus tally as 4,352 infections were recorded throughout the country during the last 24 hours (Tuesday), showed the figures released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Wednesday morning.

As per the latest NCOC data, after the addition of 50 new deaths, the overall toll has now surged to 29,601 whereas the number of total infections now stood at 1,470,161 after adding the fresh 4,253 cases.

During the last 24 hours (Tuesday), 51,749 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 8.2 percent. The number of patients in critical care was 1,731.

During the last 24 hours (Tuesday), as many as 5,109 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 1,354,298. As of Wednesday, the total count of active cases in the country was recorded at 86,262.

As many as 554,012 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 491,518 in Punjab, 205,505 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 132,161 in Islamabad, 34,910 in Balochistan, 41,068 in Azad Kashmir and 10,987 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Moreover, 13,285 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab so far, 7,927 in Sindh, 6,076 in KP, 990 in Islamabad, 764 in Azad Kashmir, 370 in Balochistan and 189 in Gilgit Baltistan.



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With inputs from AFP.