Pakistan posts 65 more corona deaths, 2,179 infections in 24 hours
Pakistan has recorded 65 more deaths during the last 24 hours (Friday) from the deadly coronavirus as the number of positive cases has surged to 543,214. The countrywide tally of fatalities has also jumped to 11,623, showed the latest data released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Saturday morning.
According to the latest NCOC figures, 2,179 more persons were tested positive for COVID-19 during the past 24 hours (Friday).
As usual, Sindh remained the worst-hit province by the pandemic in terms of cases followed by Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Islamabad.
So far 245,663 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Sindh, 156,928 in Punjab, 66,679 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 41,255 in Islamabad, 18,809 in Balochistan, 8,972 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and 4,908 in Gilgit-Baltistan.
As many as 4,716 individuals have lost their lives to the epidemic in Punjab, 3,986 in Sindh, 1,890 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 475 in Islamabad, 259 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, 195 in Balochistan and 102 in Gilgit Baltistan.
Pakistan has so far conducted 7,889,741 coronavirus tests and 41,435 during the last 24 hours (Friday). As many as 498,152 coronavirus patients have recovered throughout the country whereas 2,111 patients were in critical condition. The total count of active cases was 33,439.
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With inputs from AFP.