Pakistan records 126 new corona deaths, 3,265 infections

By: News Desk      Published: 12:36 PM, 13 May, 2021
Pakistan records 126 new corona deaths, 3,265 infections
Women wearing facemasks greet each other after offering Eidul Fitr prayers at the historic Badshahi Mosque in Lahore.-AFP  

Another 126 people lost their lives to coronavirus whereas 3,265 fresh cases were reported during the last 24 hours (Wednesday) across Pakistan, showed the figures released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Thursday morning.

As per the latest NCOC data, after the addition of 126 new deaths the toll has now surged to 19,336 whereas the number of confirmed cases stood at 870,703 after adding 3,265 new ones.

During the past 24 hours (Wednesday), 4,623 patients have recovered from the virus while the total recoveries stood at 776,315. As of Thursday, the total count of active cases was recorded at 75,052, while the positivity rate was at 8.35 percent.

As many as 295,483 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 323,314 in Punjab, 125,914 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 78,725 in Islamabad, 23,728 in Balochistan, 18,129 in Azad Kashmir and 5,410 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Moreover, 9,267 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab, 4,778 in Sindh, 3,697 in KP, 722 in Islamabad, 510 in Azad Kashmir, 255 in Balochistan, and 107 in Gilgit Baltistan.

The health facilities across the country conducted 39,101 coronavirus detection tests, taking the total number of COVID-19 tests to 12,349,87 since the first case was reported early last year.

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With inputs from AFP.