Pakistan logs 18 more coronavirus deaths, 591 infections in a day

By: News Desk      Published: 07:47 AM, 24 Oct, 2021
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A Nicaraguan woman registers her name before being inoculated with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine as Hondurans and Nicaraguans queue to receive Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines against the novel coronavirus disease.–AFP

Pakistan has registered another 18 deaths and 591 infections from the coronavirus pandemic during the last 24 hours (Saturday), showed the statistics released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Sunday morning.

As per the NCOC figures, after the addition of 18 new deaths, the overall toll has now surged to 28,377 whereas the number of total infections now stood at 1,268,536 after adding the fresh 591 cases.

During the last 24 hours (Saturday), a total of 43,522 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 1.35 percent. The number of patients in critical care was 1,615.

During the last 24 hours (Saturday), as many as 737 patients have recovered from the virus whereas the total recoveries stood at 1,216,242. As of Sunday, the total count of active cases in the country was recorded at 23,917.

As many as 467,425 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 438,989 in Punjab, 177,440 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 106,679 in Islamabad, 33,185 in Balochistan, 34,435 in Azad Kashmir and 10,383 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Moreover, 12,895 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab so far, 7,548 in Sindh, 5,715 in KP, 938 in Islamabad, 740 in Azad Kashmir, 355 in Balochistan and 186 in Gilgit Baltistan.

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With inputs from AFP.