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Pakistan reports 1,167 COVID-19 cases, 14 deaths

ISLAMABAD: The second of COVID-19 continues to have its toll as the reported 1,167 new infections and 14 more deaths due to novel coronavirus during the last 24 hours.

As per the updated statistics on the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), the death toll has reached 6,849, whereas the total number of cases reached 336,260.

Around 27,984 coronavirus tests were conducted in the country during last 24 out of which 1,167 resulted positive. 728 people are still in critical condition, while 315,446 have recovered from the disease.

Sindh had reported 146,774 cases, Punjab 104,894 cases, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 39,749, Balochistan 15,977, Islamabad 20,243, Gilgit Baltistan 4,293 and Azad Kashmir 4,330.

Yesterday, the country had witnessed 1,123 cases of the coronavirus – the highest in three months, while 12 more people died due to the highly contagious disease.

Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar, who also heads the NCOC, had emphasised the need for taking immediate measures to curb rising cases of the coronavirus.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has called a meeting of the National Coordination Committee (NCC) against the backdrop of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic which has again shown a rising trend since October.

“The NCOC discussed additional measures to control the rising spread of Covid19. Recommendations will be tabled in the NCC being called for tomorrow,” Umar tweeted.

He also stressed the need to take immediate measures to stem the disease spread, without affecting economic activities. The country is in the grip of the second wave of COVID-19 with positivity rate soaring above 4 percent – the highest since August.

Asad Umar had earlier stressed for strict implementation of precautionary measures to ward off the second wave of novel coronavirus pandemic in the country.