Pakistan records uptick in infections as coronavirus kills another 53
People wait before receiving a dose of the Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine against the Covid-19 coronavirus, at a vaccination centre in Karachi.–AFP
Pakistan has recorded an uptick in the number of daily coronavirus infections as 2,258 were tested positive whereas another 53 people lost their lives during the last 24 hours (Wednesday), showed figures released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Thursday morning.
As per the latest NCOC figures, the daily count of infections which was hovering around 1,500-1,700 has suddenly crossed the 2,200 mark and now the number of total confirmed cases in Pakistan stood at 597,497 after adding 2,258 new infections. The death toll has surged to 13,377 after adding 53 new fatalities.
During the past 24 hours (Wednesday), 1,277 patients have recovered from the Covid-19 while the number of total recoveries now stood at 566,493. The total count of active cases across Pakistan was 17,628.
As many as 260,406 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 180,944 in Punjab, 74,722 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 46,579 in Islamabad, 19,157 in Balochistan, 10,730 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and 4,959 in Gilgit Baltistan.
As many as 5,662 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab, 4,448 in Sindh, 2,129 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 516 in Islamabad, 316 in Azad Kashmir, 202 in Balochistan and 104 in Gilgit Baltistan.
A total of 42,164 tests were conducted during the last 24 hours (Wednesday) while 9,360,202 samples have been tested so far.
On Wednesday, Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood announced to close all educational institutions in Islamabad and seven cities of Punjab amid rising coronavirus cases.
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