ISLAMABAD: Pakistan recorded 1,184 new coronavirus cases and 32 deaths on Saturday, as the situation worsens amid the fourth wave and federating units impose new restrictions.
This comes just a day after Pakistan surpassed the grim milestone of recording one million cases ever since the pandemic erupted in February last year.
According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), Pakistan reported 1,845 cases and 32 deaths in the previous 24-hour period. The national tally of coronavirus cases has reached 1.001,875 while the death toll stands at 22,971.
The positivity ratio was recorded at 4.89% in the previous day. There are 2,551 people in critical condition including 26 new patients yesterday. Overall 924,782 people have recovered from the virus, including 1,310 in the past day.
There were 37,636 tests conducted in the previous day leading to new cases. The number of active cases in the country has also increased to 54,122.
Sindh has recorded the highest number of cases amid the presence of the Delta variant. The province has recorded 363,101 cases and 5,793 deaths while the number of active cases has surged to 34,890.
Punjab has recorded 351,153 cases and 10,924 deaths, while the number of active cases in the province has reached 10,701. Islamabad has recorded 85,351 cases and 790 deaths while there are 2,228 active cases in the federal capital.
The number of cases in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa stands at 141,495 and 4,411 deaths while Balochistan has recorded 29,451 cases and 322 deaths. Gilgit Baltistan had recorded 7,639 cases and 122 death while Azad Kashmir has recorded 22,685 cases and 609 deaths.
Sindh re-imposes restrictions
A day earlier, the Sindh government announced to re-impose coronavirus restrictions in the province starting from Monday, after the positivity ratio in the province crossed 10%.
According to a notification issued by the home department, general businesses, shopping malls, shops, and department stores will only be allowed to operate from 6AM to 6PM. However, grocery stores, milk shops, bakeries, fruit and vegetable vendors, and pharmacies are exempt from this rule.
The provincial government has placed a complete ban on all functions and gatherings including weddings held indoors or outdoors. The authorities have also banned indoor and outdoor dining at restaurants, which will only be allowed to offer takeaway till 10PM and delivery services till midnight.