Pakistan records 747 new coronavirus cases after an uptick

By: News Desk      Published: 11:20 AM, 15 Aug, 2020
Pakistan records 747 new coronavirus cases after an uptick
Participants of an Independence Day rally observe no virus SOPs in Lahore.–AFP

There was an uptick in the new coronavirus cases during the past 24 hours (Friday) as 747 people were diagnosed with the virus in Pakistan which means the overall number has now increased to 288,047.

On Thursday, the virus was found in 626 people as the transmission rate has been on a constant decline in the past few weeks resulting in a marked decrease in the active coronavirus cases.

The latest figures released by National Command and Operation Centre also show that nine coronavirus patients died during the same period, raising the pandemic-related death toll to 6,162. 

Sindh continues to be the most affected region of the country as the number of cases in the province has jumped to 125,632 with the virus detected in over 300 people on Friday.

The figures for other provinces/regions are: Punjab 95,203, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 35,091, Islamabad 15,346, Balochistan 12,144, Gilgit-Baltistan 2,452 and Azad Kashmir 2,179. 

This downward trend in the active coronavirus cases and the resultant reduced burden on health facilities was possible due to the fact that 265,624 people have so far fully recovered from the infection.

It means the country currently has 16,261 active coronavirus cases, a marked decline when we compare these figures with those from June. However, 768 of these patients are still in a critical condition and being treated in the intensive care units of different hospitals. 

However, the Friday’s uptick in new infections means the number of active cases has again crossed 16,000. The figures for the other day were 15,932.

Meanwhile, the testing process is continuing across the country with 23,722 tests administered on Thursday, increasing the overall number to 2,253,131.