ISLAMABAD: The country grapples with the third wave of coronavirus as 5,152 new infections were reported during the last twenty-four hours, raising the national tally to 761,437.
According to data issued by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), 60,162 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours from which 5,512 tests returned positive with an 8.56 percent positivity rate.
About 73 more people succumbed to the coronavirus during the past 24 hours, taking the countrywide death tally to 16,316.
In a provincial breakdown, Sindh has reported 272,729 cases, Punjab 270,338,Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 106,500, Islamabad 70,079, Balochistan 20,940, Azad Jammu and Kashmir 15,524, and Gilgit Baltistan 5,176.
The total number of people recuperating from the disease stands at 662,845, while 4,515 patients are critically ill due to Covid-19 and are currently under treatment at the country’s various hospitals.
The government and health officials have warned if the ongoing pace of infections continues for another two weeks, the situation may go “worse,” as the country’s already weak health system is saturating.
Sindh reported at least 737 coronavirus cases during the past 24 hours, taking the tally to 273,465. This is the first time in over three months that the province has reported over 700 cases in a single day. On January 31, Sindh had recorded 812 cases.
According to Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, three more patients succumbed to the deadly virus as the death toll jumped to 4,556. He further said that 351 patients recovered overnight, taking the total to 260,679.
Punjab has reported 28 more Covid-19 deaths in the last 24 hours, health department officials said on Monday. According to Punjab’s Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department, 2,766 infections of the coronavirus were reported across the province in the last 24 hours. – TLTP