100 more die from corona in Pakistan
Wracked by the third wave of Covid-19 infections, Pakistan has recorded a sharp rise in coronavirus fatalities during the last 24 hours amid the government’s efforts to tighten social distancing and movement restrictions, implementing a new ban on all gatherings in areas with a high number of cases.
Pakistan reported another 100 deaths from coronavirus during the past 24 hours (Monday) whereas 4,084 new infections were recorded with the positivity ratio stood at 8.82 percent, showed the figures released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Tuesday morning.
As per the latest NCOC statistics, after the addition of 100 more fatalities, the death toll has now surged to 14,356 while the number of total confirmed infections stood at 663,200, after adding the 4,064 new ones.
During the past 24 hours (Monday), as many as 2,081 patients have recovered from the deadly virus while the total recoveries stood at 600,278. The total count of active cases was recorded at 48,566.
As many as 265,158 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 217,694 in Punjab, 86,044 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 57,204 in Islamabad, 19,535 in Balochistan, 12,549 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and 5,016 in Gilgit Baltistan.
As many as 6,319 individuals have so far lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab, 4,495 in Sindh, 2,319 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 563 in Islamabad, 350 in Azad Kashmir, 207 in Balochistan and 103 in Gilgit Baltistan.
A total of 46,269 tests were conducted during the last 24 hours (Monday) while 10,153,36 samples have so far been tested.
President Arif Alvi and Defence Minister Pervez Khattak had also tested positive for Covid-19, days after Prime Minister Imran Khan contracted the virus.
The authorities have so far identified 26 cities with over eight percent positivity ratio, with the age group of 20 to 40 years were the most affected by Covid-19, but the highest rate of casualty was among patients in the age bracket of 60 to 70 years.
The NCOC had revealed that 26 cities had a positivity rate of over eight percent. They are Islamabad, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Sialkot, Sargodha, Sheikhupura, Gujrat, Bahawalpur, Toba Tek Singh, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Mandi Bahauddin, Multan, Okara, Rahimyar Khan, Peshawar, Swat, Nowshera, Dir Lower, Malakand, Swabi, Charsadda, Haripur, Muzaffarabad, Mirpur and Kotli.
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With inputs from AFP.