Pakistan Reports Around 5,000 New Coronavirus Cases

In recent news, Pakistan reported that there were a total of 4,974 new patients of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours. Due to this addition in the number of people diagnosed with the virus, the tally of the novel coronavirus in the country is now at 672,931. 

As per the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), the death toll in the country rose to 14,530. This was because no less than 96 people lost the battle to coronavirus and passed away in the last 24 hours. The most amount of deaths occurred in Punjab, followed closely by K-P. 

On the other hand, 2,148 patients of the disease recovered in a day, which took the total number of recoveries to a figure of above 605,000. 

Moreover, the NCOC added that the total number of active cases of the novel coronavirus across the country are now 53,127.

Where the occupancy of ventilators is concerned, the highest number of those occupied are in Multan and Lahore with 67%. They were followed by Islamabad and Gujranwala with 64% and 60% respectively. 

The report published by NCOC also stated that the largest number of oxygen beds occupied in Pakistan was in Swat by a total of 100%. It was followed by Gujranwala, Peshawar, and Gujrat, by 85%, 84%, and 74% accordingly.  

More than 50,055 tests of the coronavirus were conducted in the country in the past 24 hours. 9,634 were conducted in the province of Sindh, 8,672 in K-P, 22,624 in Punjab, 367 in Balochistan, 312 in G-B, 882 in AJK, and 7,564 in the capital city. 

Out of the total number of deaths reported in the past 24 hours, 4502 had occurred in Sindh, 6,427 people succumbed to the virus in Punjab, 2,363 in K-P, and 572 in Islamabad. 

More than 200 deaths were recorded in Balochistan, 103 in G-B, whereas 355 people died in AJK. 

The NCOC further informed that ever since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 10,000,000 tests have been conducted in the country. As of now, there are 631 hospitals across Pakistan that are fully equipped with coronavirus facilities. Over 3,000 patients have been admitted in these hospitals in the country. 

In other news, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, has once again stated that Pakistan and its economy cannot afford to undergo a complete lockdown. He stated that businesses in the country will continue to operate, but on a limited scale. The restriction was placed in light of the raging third wave that is taking over the country. 

Just recently, the Prime Minister himself had tested positive for the infection. He chaired a meeting via video link of the National Coordination Committee (NCC) from his residence in Bani Gala. 

The meeting was attended by chief ministers representing all four provinces, who also joined through video conference. The premier directed all the relevant authorities to ensure the strict implementation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) and running a campaign to encourage the use of masks.