COVID-19 claims 5 more lives across country

ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Friday said that five more patients died of COVID-19 during the last 24 hours across the country.
The total count of coronavirus deaths reached 6,370, whereas 548 new cases were also reported as active cases recorded up to 5,795 in the country.
According to NCOC statistics, 288,206 patients recovered from coronavirus. In Pakistan, 300,371 cases have been reported including 131,404 in Sindh, 97,533 in Punjab, 36,823 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), 15,832 in Islamabad, 3,131 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), 13,282 in Balochistan and 2,366 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
A total of 2,439 patients lost their lives due to COVID-19 infection in Sindh, 2,214 in Punjab, 1,256 in KP, 178 in Islamabad, 145 in Balochistan, 73 in GB, 65 in AJK.
The country conducted 29,534 detection tests during the last 24 hours, taking the total number of tests to 2,879,355. 1,021 patients are currently admitted to 735 hospitals across the country including 93 people put on ventilators.
Meanwhile, Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar says the government has adopted a comprehensive strategy to control the coronavirus pandemic. Talking to a private news channel, he said the coronavirus cases have decreased but the virus has not been eliminated completely from the country.
The Minister urged people to continue to adopt the SOPs until a vaccine of the coronavirus is introduced. He said the second wave of the COVID-19 could be more dangerous than the first one.
Replying to a question, he said schools would be opened with strict precautionary measures. He said a final decision in this regard would be taken in a meeting to be held in the next week. – TLTP

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