Pakistan reports another highest single-day Covid-19 tally

Pakistan on Friday reported at least 4,368 new coronavirus cases during the previous 24-hour period, the highest single-day tally since June 2020.

The new cases have taken the country’s total tally of Covid-19 cases to at least 645,356.

According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), the country's death toll climbed to 14,091 after 63 people succumbed to the deadly disease. Most deaths occurred in Punjab followed by K-P.

Meanwhile, 2,170 patients recovered from the pandemic during the previous day, taking total recoveries to 591,145.

According to NCOC, the total active Covid-19 cases across the country were reported to be at least 40,120.

The highest number of ventilators occupied in the country was found to be in Multan with 65 per cent occupancy, followed by  Islamabad at 62 per cent,  Gujranwala at 60 per cent and Lahore at 54 per cent,

The NCOC further reported that the highest number of oxygen bed occupancy in the country was in Gujrat at 95 per cent followed by Gujranwala at 85 per cent, Peshawar at 73 per cent and Islamabad at 49 per cent.

Covid-19 related death by province

Out of the 14,091 total reported deaths, there have been about 4,486 deaths in Sindh, 6,142 in Punjab, 2,260 in K-P, 555 in Islamabad.

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About 205 deaths were reported in Balochistan, 103 deaths in G-B and 640 in AJK.

The NCOC added that about 42,418 Covid-19 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours out of which 8,506 were conducted in Sindh, 17,315 in Punjab, 8,214 in K-P, 6733 in Islamabad, 699 in Balochistan, 314 in G-B and 637 tests were conducted in AJK.

The NCOC also reported that a total of 9,976,791 tests had been conducted since the outbreak of the virus. There are about 631 hospitals with Covid-19 facilities with 3,333 patients admitted across the country, it added.

Earlier on March 22, the NCOC decided to increase restrictions with the implementation of high-impact interventions in cities and districts having a high positivity ratio till April 11 in a bid to curb the rising trend of cases during the ongoing third wave of Covid-19 in the country.

The decisions were taken in a meeting of the NCOC, the nerve centre of the government’s synchronised response to the global pandemic, with Planning Minister Asad Umar in the chair. The provincial chief secretaries also attended the meeting via video link.

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