Pakistan reports another 6 deaths; 216 new coronavirus cases

By: News Desk      Published: 07:59 AM, 16 Nov, 2021
Pakistan reports another 6 deaths; 216 new coronavirus cases
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) stands next to a man receiving a COVID-19 booster vaccine during a visit to the Woodgrange GP Surgery vaccination centre in East London. AFP

Pakistan has reported another 6 deaths and 216 infections from the coronavirus pandemic during the last 24 hours (Monday), showed the statistics released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Tuesday morning.

As per the NCOC data, after the addition of 6 new deaths, the overall toll has now surged to 28,624 whereas the number of total infections now stood at 1,280,092 after adding the fresh 216 cases.

During the last 24 hours (Saturday), a total of 33,435 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 0.64 percent. The number of patients in critical care was 1,011.

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The US has suffered the most Covid-related deaths with 763,092, followed by Brazil with 611,283, India with 463,655, Mexico with 291,147 and Russia with 256,597.

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Taking into account excess mortality linked to Covid-19, the WHO estimates the overall death toll could be two to three times higher.