Coronavirus daily cases climb up to 2,701, deaths 54 in Pakistan
A man receives a dose of Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine at a vaccination centre in Karachi.–AFP
The single-day number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan continued to register steady growth as another 2,701 people were infected by the Covid-19 while 54 more patients died during the last 24 hours (Thursday), showed the statistics released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Friday morning.
As per the latest NCOC data, with the addition of 2,701 infections, the number of positive cases in Pakistan has now surged to 600,198. The nationwide tally of fatalities has also jumped to 13,430, after adding 54 more deaths.
As usual, Sindh remained the worst-hit province by the pandemic in terms of cases followed by Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. Most numbers of casualties have been reported in Punjab.
As many as 260,661 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 182,576 in Punjab, 75,052 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 19,171 in Balochistan, 46,963 in Islamabad, 10,816 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and 4,959 in Gilgit-Baltistan.
As many as 5,698 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab, 4,452 in Sindh, 2,138 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 202 in Balochistan, 520 in Islamabad, 317 in Azad Kashmir and 103 in Gilgit Baltistan so far.
Pakistan has so far conducted 9,402,639 coronavirus tests and 41,133 during the last 24 hours (Thursday). As many as 568,065 coronavirus patients have recovered in the country so far whereas 1,709 patients were in critical condition.
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With inputs from AFP.