Positivity ratio takes a plunge as corona cases in Pakistan drop

Covid-19 kills another 70 people in Pakistan, infects 3,239 in 24 hours

By: News Desk
Published: 07:47 AM, 20 Aug, 2021
Positivity ratio takes a plunge as corona cases in Pakistan drop
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The positivity rate took a plunge as another 70 people breathed their last and 3,239 were infected by coronavirus throughout Pakistan during the last 24 hours (Thursday), showed the figures released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Friday morning.

As per the NCOC figures, after the addition of 70 new deaths, the overall toll has now surged to 24,780 whereas the number of total infections now stood at 1,116,886 after adding the fresh 3,239 cases.

During the last 24 hours (Thursday), a total of 51,982 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 6.23 percent.

During the last 24 hours (Thursday), as many as 3,027 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 1,002,430. As of Friday, the total count of active cases in the country was recorded at 89,673.

As many as 417,439 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 377,208 in Punjab, 155,153 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 95,491 in Islamabad, 31,755 in Balochistan, 30,314 in Azad Kashmir and 9,526 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Moreover, 11,479 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab so far, 6,556 in Sindh, 4,730 in KP, 842 in Islamabad, 672 in Azad Kashmir, 335 in Balochistan and 169 in Gilgit Baltistan.


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With inputs from AFP.