Pakistan posts 43 new coronavirus deaths, 1,927 infections in 24 hours
Coronavirus has claimed another 43 lives in Pakistan while 1,927 new infections have been reported during the last 24 hours (Friday), showed the data released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Saturday.
With 43 new deaths, the death toll has surged to 11,247 while the number of total confirmed cases soared to 530,818.
During the past 24 hours (Friday), as many as 1,737 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total number of recoveries has recorded at 484,508.
As of Saturday, the overall count of active coronavirus cases was 35,063 while the national positivity ratio was recorded at 4.77 percent.
As usual, Sindh remained at the top in terms of number of cases followed by Punjab and other regions.
At least 239,935 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Sindh so far, 152,925 in Punjab, 64,945 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 40,629 in Islamabad, 18,715 in Balochistan, 8,770 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and 4,899 in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Moreover, 4,537 individuals have died due to the Covid-19 in Punjab so far, 3,875 in Sindh, 1,826 in KP, 463 in Islamabad, 252 in Azad Kashmir, 192 in Balochistan, and 102 in Gilgit Baltistan.
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- Two million plus dead -
At least 2,092,736 people have died of the virus since it first emerged in China in late 2019, according to a tally compiled by AFP on Friday based on official figures.
The US has suffered the highest death toll with 410,378 fatalities, followed by Brazil with 214,147 and India with 153,032.
The number of deaths globally is broadly under-estimated. The toll is calculated from daily figures published by national health authorities and does not include later revisions by statistics agencies.
With inputs from AFP.