Pakistan records 112 more coronavirus deaths, 4,976 infections

By: News Desk      Published: 10:26 AM, 17 Apr, 2021
People wearing facemasks buying Iftari snacks.–AFP

Another 112 people lost their lives due to the third wave of the novel coronavirus infection while 4,976 fresh cases were reported during the last 24 hours (Friday), showed the figures released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Saturday morning.

As per the latest NCOC data, after the addition of 112 more deaths, the toll has now surged to 16,094 while the number of confirmed cases stood at 750,158, after adding 4,976 new ones.

During the past 24 hours (Friday), 4,180 patients have recovered from the virus while the total recoveries stood at 654,956. As of Saturday, the total count of active cases was recorded at 79,108 and the positivity rate dropped at 7.62 percent.

As many as 271,524 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 264,010 in Punjab, 104,480 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 68,906 in Islamabad, 20,760 in Balochistan, 15,304 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and 5,174 in Gilgit Baltistan.

Moreover, 7,333 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab, 4,544 in Sindh, 2,832 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 631 in Islamabad, 428 in Azad Kashmir, 223 in Balochistan and 103 in Gilgit Baltistan.

The health facilities across the country conducted 65,279 coronavirus detection tests, taking the total number of COVID-19 tests to 11,072,53 since the first case was reported.

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With inputs from AFP.