Over 3,000 new coronavirus cases, 50 deaths in Pakistan

By: News Desk      Published: 10:27 AM, 11 Dec, 2020
Over 3,000 new coronavirus cases, 50 deaths in Pakistan
People eat food outside the restaurants along a street in Karachi, as Covid-19 coronavirus cases continue to rise in Pakistan.–AFP

The overall number of coronavirus cases recorded in Pakistan reached 432,327 after another 3,047 people were found to be infected during the past 24 hours (Thursday), showed the data released by National Command and Operation Centre on Friday morning.

Just like the previous days and weeks, 1,559 of these latest cases were reported in Sindh, making it the most affected region in the country. Punjab recorded 674 new infections followed by 410 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 319 in Islamabad.

Meanwhile, 50 more people lost their lives because of the infection on Thursday, raising the death toll in the country to 8,653. And 19 of them died in Punjab which is a continuation of the trend witnessed during the second wave of this pandemic. It was followed by 11 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 10 in Sindh, five in Islamabad, three in Azad Kashmir and two in Balochistan.

With the addition of these latest figures, the region-wise distribution of the coronavirus cases and deaths now stands at:

Sindh 191,246 cases and 3,109 deaths, Punjab 125,897 cases and 3,284 deaths, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 51,172 cases and 1,450 deaths, Islamabad 34,014 cases and 353 deaths, Balochistan 17,650 cases and 173 deaths, Azad Kashmir 7,578 cases and 186 deaths, Gilgit Baltistan 4,770 cases and 98 deaths.

Also on Thursday, another 4,791 coronavirus patients fully recovered from the infection, raising the overall number to 379,092. It means the number of closed cases [deaths + patients recovering from infection] has increased to 387,745. 

This increase in the number of people recovering from the infection means the number of active cases was reduced to 44,582 against the previous day’s level of 46,376.

Out of these active cases, 2,538 patients are in a critical condition and being treated in intensive care units of different hospitals with 366 of them placed on ventilators.

In the meantime, the number of tests administered in Pakistan since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic reached 5,948,742 after another 42,596 people were tested for the possible infection.

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.