COVID-19 claims 60 more lives in country

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has recorded 60 deaths and 2,963 new cases due to the COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, said the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Wednesday.
According to the NCOC, 60 more people succumbed to the disease, taking the death toll to 8,547, while with fresh inclusion of the infections in the country the national tally of cases now currently stands at 426,142.
A total of 1,797 patients recovered from the virus during the last 24 hours and 2,498 patients are in critical condition including 12 more declared critical. The total count of active cases is 45,324.
According to the NCOC, a total of 38,092 tests were conducted across the country during this period, while so far 5,865,944 samples have been tested thus far.
Overall 372,271 people have recovered from the deadly disease. The national dashboard stated that the highest death toll was recorded in Punjab province during the last 24 hours. Thirty-nine out of 60 deceased patients were on ventilators, whereas the number of critical patients is consistently increasing in parts of the country.
Karachi reported over 21 percent positivity rate for the second day in a row, with at least 1,242 new COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours, adding to Sindh’s single-day tally of
1,472 cases. According to data issued by the NCOC, the second-highest national coronavirus positivity rate of 19.03% was reported in Hyderabad. Moreover, the provincial tally of infections climbed to 187,684 with a 13.1% positivity rate.
The third highest coronavirus positivity rate was observed in Mirpur with 13.16% of the PCR tests detecting SARS-CoV-2, followed by Rawalpindi with 13.03%, Peshawar with 13.02%, and Abbottabad at 11.82%.
In provinces, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has the second-highest COVID-19 prevalence at 10.6%, closely followed by Azad Jammu and Kashmir at 9.8%. The federal capital and Balochistan recorded 6.3% and 6.5% respectively while Punjab and Gilgit Baltistan reported 3.9% and 3.7%. TLTP

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