Covid-19 claims another 59 lives; 1,947 fresh cases surface

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ISLAMABAD: The coronavirus pandemic claimed 59 more lives during the last 24 hours, taking the country’s total death toll to 10,409.

According to the latest update released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Tuesday, Pakistan recorded as many as 1,947 new cases of the novel coronavirus during the previous 24 hours, lifting the national tally of infections to 490,476.

Most of the deaths were reported in Punjab, followed by Sindh. The NCOC said that 31 Covid-19 patients died on ventilators during the last 24 hours. Out of the 10,409 total reported deaths, there had been about 3,623 deaths in Sindh, 4,160 in Punjab, 1,683 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), 428 in Islamabad. About 185 deaths had been reported in Balochistan and 101 deaths in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 225 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

According to NCOC, about 1,903 patients had recovered from the deadly pandemic in the last 24 hours taking total recoveries to 444,360. There are about 626 hospitals with Covid-19 facilities with 2,729 patients admitted across the country.

About 35,073 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, while a total of 6,884,940 tests have been conducted since the outbreak of the virus. Out of the 35,073 tests, the NCOC reported that 10,165 were conducted in Sindh, 16,203 in Punjab, 4,197 in KP, 3,713 in Islamabad 122 in Balochistan, 357 in GB and 316 in AJK

Out of the total 490,476 Covid-19 cases, NCOC reported 219,452 in Sindh, 141,393 in Punjab, 59,729 in KP, 38,395 in Islamabad, 18,254 in Balochistan, 8,383 in AJK and 4,870 in GB.

The total number of active Covid-19 across Pakistan was reported to be 35,707. The NCOC reported the number of active cases in Sindh to be at 17,959, 11,008 in Punjab, 3,378 in KP, 2,714 in Islamabad, 240 in Balochistan, 52 in GB and 356 in AJK.

The highest number of ventilators occupied in the country was found to be in Islamabad with 46 per cent occupancy, followed by Multan at 44 per cent, Bahawalpur 41 per cent and Lahore 37 per cent.

Meanwhile, the highest number of oxygen bed occupancy in the country was reported in Peshawar at 57 per cent followed by Islamabad with 32 per cent, Multan with 31 per cent and Karachi with 31 per cent.