Coronavirus claims 31 more lives, infects 1,404 in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The coronavirus has claimed 31 more lives and infected 1,404 during the past 24 hours across Pakistan.

According to the latest data released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), 1,404 new infections surfaced after 34,475 samples were tested in 24 hours.

The countrywide death toll has jumped to 12,307 while the total number of confirmed cases stands at 563,029. As per NCOC, the positivity ratio of Covid-19 cases was recorded at 4.07 percent. The number of active cases has come down to 25,635 as over 523,000 people have recuperated from the disease.

So far, 253,511 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Sindh, 163,833 in Punjab 69,778 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 42,590 in Islamabad, 18,929 in Balochistan, 9,448 in Azad Kashmir and 4,940 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Furthermore, 5,037 individuals have lost their lives to the epidemic in Punjab 4,212 in Sindh, 1,991 in KP, 485 in Islamabad, 281 in Azad Kashmir, 199 in Balochistan, and 102 in GB.

Pakistan has so far conducted 8,434,098 coronavirus tests. More than 525,087 coronavirus patients have recovered in the country whereas 1,702 patients are in critical condition.

Federal Minister for Planning and Development and Head of National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) Asad Umar has said the invention of the COVID-19  vaccine is no excuse for citizens to stop following standard operation producers (SOPs) and other safety steps to restrain the virus’s spread.

Talking to a private news channel, the NCOC head said that the vaccine would not resolve the issue and that implementation of safety measures was still necessary. He said, “Pakistan is recording further new cases, as compared to the past few weeks, and that the increased pressure is upsetting the country’s health care system”.

Asad Umar said that the best way to fight the plague, in the given situation, is to make sure that we follow the standard operation procedures (SOPs) issued by the government to curtail the virus’s spread.

“Pakistan is committed to providing the vaccine,” he said, adding that a national effort was being made to achieve this objective, while association and provincial governments were involved to make it possible.