Infections soar as Pakistan reports 54 more coronavirus deaths

By: AFP      Published: 10:21 AM, 21 Jan, 2021
Infections soar as Pakistan reports 54 more coronavirus deaths

The coronavirus infections registered a healthy surge as compared to a day earlier in Pakistan.

According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), Pakistan recorded 2,363 new Covid-19 cases as compared a little over 1,700 infections the previous day.

The latest NCOC data released on Thursday showed that 54 people lost their lives due to the novel coronavirus during the last 24 hours (Wednesday).

With fresh 54 fatalities, the death toll has now risen to 11,157 while the number of confirmed cases stands at 527,146 in the country.

During the past 24 hours (Wednesday), as many as 2,179 patients have recovered from the virus while the number of recoveries was recorded at 480,696. As of Thursday, the total count of active cases is 35,293.

As usual Sindh remained at the top in terms of total infections followed by Punjab and other regions.

At least 238,470 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Sindh, 151,603 in Punjab, 64,373 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 40,430 in Islamabad, 18,670 in Balochistan, 8,706 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and 4,894 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

So far, 4,501 individuals have died in Punjab, 3,843 in Sindh, 1,811 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 460 in Islamabad, 248 in Azad Kashmir, 192 in Balochistan and 102 in Gilgit Baltistan.

A total of 43,744 tests were conducted during the last 24 hours while 7,525,432 samples have been tested.

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With inputs from AFP.