Pakistan’s coronavirus deaths up, infections down in 24 hours
Pakistanis stranded due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic show their passports as they gather to ask the Indian government to be sent back to Pakistan, in Amritsar.–AFP
Pakistan has reported an uptick in single-day coronavirus deaths but a healthy drop in number of infections during the last 24 hours (Monday), showed the figures released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Tuesday morning.
As many as 86 people died of the Covid-19 during the last 24 hours (Monday) whereas 3,884 people were infected by the virus.
During the last 24 hours (Monday), a total of 49,506 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 7.84 percent.
During the last 24 hours (Monday), as many as 2,669 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 967,073. As of Sunday, the total count of active cases in the country was recorded at 84,427.
As many as 401,790 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 365,824 in Punjab, 149,056 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 91,217 in Islamabad, 31,234 in Balochistan, 27,507 in Azad Kashmir and 8,876 in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Moreover, 11,239 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab so far, 6,235 in Sindh, 4,570 in KP, 821 in Islamabad, 650 in Azad Kashmir, 332 in Balochistan and 157 in Gilgit Baltistan.
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With inputs from AFP.