Pakistan records less than 2,000 new corona cases for 3rd consecutive day
Setting a welcoming trend which negates the fears that the coronavirus spread may get out of control, Pakistan reported less than 2,000 new coronavirus cases for the third consecutive day during the past 24 hours, showed the latest data released by National Command and Operation Centre on Tuesday morning.
With another 1,776 persons testing positive for the virus, the overall number has reached 475,085 as most of the new cases were again detected in Sindh.
The region-wise distribution of the coronavirus cases now stands at: Sindh 212,093, Punjab 136,669, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 57,746, Islamabad 37,390, Balochistan 18,099, Azad Kashmir 8,235 and Gilgit-Baltistan 4,853.
Meanwhile, the number of active cases in the country is 39,599 with the majority of them having been isolated at their homes or other places for having mild symptoms. However, 2,756 of them are being treated in different hospitals.
Out of these patients, 2,259 are in a critical condition and thus admitted in intensive care units with 302 of them placed on ventilators.
On the other hand, the coronavirus death toll in Pakistan increased to 9,992 after 63 more patients died of the virus with 38 persons dying in Punjab. It was followed by 11 in Sindh, eight in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, five in Islamabad and one in Azad Kashmir.
Hence, the overall deaths-related figures for different provinces/regions are: Punjab 3,959, Sindh 3,502, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 1,617, Islamabad 412, Azad Kashmir 219, Balochistan 182 and Gilgit-Baltistan 101.
But efforts are also underway to identify, trace and isolate the infected persons to reduce further spread of the coronavirus. Thus, the past 24 hours saw 30,666 tests being administered across the country, increasing the overall number to 6,619,983.
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With inputs from AFP.