Covid-19 claims 45 lives in a day: NCOC

ISLAMABAD: The coronavirus pandemic claimed 45 more lives while 2,417 new infections were reported during the last 24 hours, said the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Friday.

According to the NCOC, 45 more people succumbed to the disease, taking the death toll to 10,863 while the national tally of cases currently stands at 514,338 with fresh inclusion of the infections. The NCOC said that 2,072 patients recovered from the virus on Thursday and the number of total active cases stands at 34,169. A total of 2,294 patients were stated to be in critical condition.

According to the NCOC, a total of 40,359 tests were conducted across the country during the last 24 hours, while so far 7,284,009 samples have been tested. Overall 469,306 people have recovered from the deadly disease

The highest positivity rate of Covid-19 cases was recorded in Karachi at 15.97 per cent in the past 24 hours, while the countrywide positivity ratio stands at 5.99 per cent. The second highest positivity ratio was witnessed in Peshawar (13.62 per cent).

Province-wise, Sindh recorded the highest Covid-19 positivity ratio at 9.49 per cent, followed by Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) 7.36 per cent, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) 5.55 per cent, Balochistan 4.75 per cent, Punjab 4.49 per cent, Islamabad 2.43 per cent and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) 0 per cent.

The NCOC’s detailed province-wise data revealed Lahore’s positivity ratio to be at 6.69 per cent, Rawalpindi’s at 4.04 per cent, 2.52 per cent in Faisalabad, 4.25 per cent in Multan and 5.26 per cent for Bahawalpur in Punjab.

In Sindh, Karachi’s positivity ratio was recorded at 15.97 per cent and 8.01 per cent in Hyderabad.

As for KP, a positivity ratio of 13.62 per cent was recorded in Peshawar, 3.65 per cent in Swat and 3.45 per cent in Abbottabad.

In Balochistan, Quetta’s positivity ratio was recorded at 1.87 per cent. Meanwhile, the positivity ratio in AJK’s Mirpur stood at 11.49 per cent and 5.56 per cent in Muzaffarabad.

The case fatality rate (CFR) for Pakistan stood at 2.12 per cent compared to the global 2.14 per cent. Around 69 percent of patients who succumbed to the virus were males and 77.6 per cent of all who died were over the age of 50.

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