COVID-19

ISLAMABAD: The coronavirus claimed 31 more lives while another 1,404 people tested positive for the deadly disease during the past 24 hours across the country, said the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Sunday.
According to the NCOC, 1,404 new infections surfaced after 34,475 samples were tested during this period. The positivity ratio of Covid-19 cases was recorded at 4.07 percent.
The countrywide death toll has jumped to 12,307 while the total number of confirmed cases stands at 563,029. The number of active cases has come down to 25,635 as over 523,000 people have recuperated from the disease.
Provincial tally for confirmed coronavirus cases in Punjab reached 163,833 after it recorded 466 fresh cases. At least 11 more patients also succumbed to the virus, taking the total number of Punjab’s fatalities to 5,037. As many as 151,551 people have recovered from the deadly virus in the province so far.
Sindh reported at least 251 new coronavirus cases during the past 24 hours, taking the tally to 253,761. According to Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, seven more patients succumbed to the deadly virus as the death toll jumped to 4,219. He further said that 327 patients recovered overnight, taking the total to 235,470.
Meanwhile, the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has granted permission to a Chinese company for third phase clinical trials of its Covid-19 vaccine candidate in the country.
“The clinical trials committee of the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has granted permission to China’s Anhui Zhifei longcom for clinical trials of its vaccine,” sources said. – TLTP