Pakistan single-day coronavirus cases soar to 2,664
Another 32 people die of Covid-19
The coronavirus infections continued their steady rise in Pakistan as the country recorded 2,664 Covid-19 cases and 32 deaths during the last 24 hours (Saturday), showed the data released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Sunday morning.
As per the latest NCOC figures, after the addition of 32 fatalities, the death toll in Pakistan has now surged to 13,508 whereas the number of total confirmed cases stood at 605,200, after adding 2,664 fresh ones.
During the past 24 hours (Saturday), 1,275 patients have recovered from the coronavirus while the number of total recoveries stood at 570,571 with the total count of active cases across Pakistan was 21,121.
As many as 261,179 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 185,468 in Punjab, 75,725 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 47,710 in Islamabad, 19,206 in Balochistan, 10,952 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and 4,960 in Gilgit Baltistan.
As many as 5,753 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab, 4,453 in Sindh, 2,153 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 524 in Islamabad, 320 in Azad Kashmir, 202 in Balochistan and 103 in Gilgit Baltistan.
A total of 40,564 tests were conducted during the last 24 hours (Saturday) while 9,485,702 samples have been tested so far.
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- Italy lockdown -
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- 2.6 million dead -
More than 2.64 million people have died of coronavirus around the world since the outbreak began in December 2019, according to an AFP tally from official sources.
The US is the worst-affected country with 532,590 deaths followed by Brazil (275,105), Mexico (193,851), India (158,446) and Britain (125,343).
North America recorded a decrease in the number of new Covid-19 cases last week, but they rose in the rest of the world, according to a specialised AFP database.
With inputs from AFP.