88 more die as coronavirus continues to spread its tentacles
A worker sprays disinfectant inside the All Saints' Church ahead of a Sunday service in Peshawar.–AFP
The coronavirus is spreading its tentacles in Pakistan as record 88 people died in different parts of the country during the past 24 hours, raising the overall death toll to 1,483 by Sunday morning.
In this way, the daily deaths record was broken on the third consecutive days as 78 and 57 deaths were officially reported during the last two days.
The majority of the latest deaths were reported in Sindh where 38 patients lost their lives followed by Punjab where 36 people died of the virus.
It means the overall death toll in different regions of the country now stands at: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 453, Punjab 475, Sindh 465, Balochistan 46, Islamabad 27, Gilgit-Baltistan 11 and Azad Kashmir six.
The figures released by National Command and Operation Centre also show the number of coronavirus cases has now jumped to 69,496 with the addition of 3,039 new infected persons during the same period.
Most of these reported cases have come from Sindh where the number currently stands at 27,360 followed by 25,056 in Punjab, 9,540 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 4,193 in Balochistan, 2,418 in Islamabad, 678 in Gilgit-Baltistan and 251 in Azad Kashmir.
On the other hand, there are 42,742 active cases in Pakistan as of Sunday morning while 25,271 patients have so far fully recovered from the infection caused by the coronavirus.
It is important to note the active cases are the difference between overall reported cases minus the closed cases [patients dying of the virus plus those fully recovering from it].
Meanwhile, the number of tests conducted so far in Pakistan has now increased to 547,030 as another 14,972 people were tested during the past 24 hours.