ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has reported less than one thousand cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday, as the positivity ratio dropped below two percent.
This comes just a day after Pakistan surpassed the grim milestone of 28,000 deaths from COVID-19 amid the fourth wave of the pandemic while more than 1.2 million cases have been reported so far.
According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), Pakistan reported 912 cases and 26 deaths in the previous 24-hour period. The national tally of coronavirus cases has reached 1,256,233 while the death toll stands at 28,058.
The positivity ratio was recorded at 1.99% across the country. There were 45,619 tests conducted in the previous day leading to new cases. The number of active cases in the country has dropped to 43,648. There are 2,761 people who remain in critical condition. Overall 1,184,527 people have recovered from the virus, including 1,633 in the past day.
Sindh has recorded the highest number of cases in the country. The province has recorded 462,155 cases and 7,474 deaths while there are 22,607 active cases.
Punjab has recorded 435,040 cases and 14,403 deaths, while the number of active cases in the province has also reduced to 14,403. Islamabad has recorded 105,983 cases and 930 deaths while there are 2,105 active cases in the federal capital.
The number of cases in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa stands at 175,358 and 5,623, deaths while Balochistan has recorded 33,040 cases and 349 deaths. Gilgit Baltistan had recorded 10,341 cases and 186 deaths while Azad Kashmir has recorded 34,316 cases and 739 deaths.
As the situation improves, NCOC has decided to allow all educational institutions to start normal classes from Monday, October 11. This was announced by Planning Minister Asad Umar. He said the NCOC took this decision in view of the reduced level of disease spread and launch of the school vaccination programme.