Only four die as coronavirus infects 665 more Pakistanis

By: News Desk      Published: 10:49 AM, 16 Sep, 2020
Only four die as coronavirus infects 665 more Pakistanis
A Pakistani woman (R) along with her relatives, on a No Obligation to Return to India (NORI) visa, returns after being stranded in Pakistan amid concerns over the Covid-19 coronavirus, at Wagah Border Post.–AFP

As a daily uptick is being witnessed in the coronavirus cases in recent days, another 665 people tested positive for the virus during the past 24 hours (Tuesday), shows the latest figures released by National Command and Operation Centre on Wednesday morning.

The virus was found in only 213 people on August 30 – the lowest number officially reported on any day in Pakistan – but the trend of a decrease in the daily figures had reversed since then. 

Earlier on June 14, the daily count had reached its maximum since the pandemic outbreak in the country when 6,825 people were diagnosed with the deadly virus.

As far as the region-wise distribution of the cases is concerned, Sindh continued to be the most affected province with the virus found in 132,591 people.

Relevant figures for other provinces/regions are: Punjab 97,946, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 37,140, Islamabad 15,084, Balochistan 13,690, Gilgit-Baltistan 3,297 and Azad Kashmir 2,441.

Meanwhile, Tuesday also saw four more people dying after contracting the coronavirus which increased the death toll to 6,393.

On the other hand, 571 coronavirus patients are in critical condition and being treated in the intensive care units of different hospitals. Meanwhile, 97 of them have been placed on ventilators.

These critically ill people are among the 5,936 active cases which the country has as of Wednesday morning with 290,760 people fully recovering from the infection. 

In this scenario, the testing process is also continuing across the country to identify and isolate those who have contracted the virus. Hence, 29,097 tests were administered during the past 24 hours, raising the overall count to 3,024,987.