Pakistan’s Covid-19 deaths reach 3,229, cases top 165,000
A policeman wearing a facemask stands guard on a street sealed by the authorities in a Karachi residential area.–AFP
The coronavirus death toll in Pakistan climbed to 3,229 as the country reported 136 new deaths during the past 24 hours (Thursday), shows the latest data released by National Command and Operation Centre on Friday morning.
The same period saw the number of cases reaching 165,062 with the addition of 4,944 patients from different parts of Pakistan.
The pandemic is proving to be deadliest in Punjab where another 63 people died of the virus after which the number of deaths in the province rose to 1,265. The number of cases, on the other hand, has increased to 61,678 during the same period.
However, it was Sindh where most of the new cases were found with the total for the province surpassing Punjab by reaching 62,269. It means Sindh reported over 2,200 new cases during the past 24 hours. Similarly, there were another 48 deaths in the province, raising the total to 964.
The figures for the other provinces/ administrative units are: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 20,182 cases and 773 deaths, Islamabad 9,941 cases and 95 deaths, Balochistan 8,998 cases and 99 deaths, Gilgit-Baltistan 1,225 cases and 18 deaths, and Azad Kashmir 769 cases and 15 deaths.
On the other hand, Pakistan surpassed the one million mark during the past 24 hours when it comes to testing, as another 28,824 tests were conducted across the country. It means the overall number of tests has now reached 1,011,106. However, the ratio of tests in Pakistan is far behind the desired level which currently stands at 4,581 per million (population).
Meanwhile, the number of active cases in Pakistan has jumped to 100,450, with the rest being closed – people fully recovering from the infection (61,383) + death toll (3,229).
Earlier, Pakistan had upstaged France on Wednesday but only for achieving the grim milestone of having more coronavirus cases, as the virus was detected in another 5,358 people, raising the overall number to over 160,000.