ISLAMABAD: The coronavirus outbreak has claimed 23 lives in Pakistan, taking the death toll to 11,318.
According to the National Command and Control Center, 1,629 new cases of coronavirus have been reported in 24 hours and the total number of affected people has reached 534,041.
In the country, 488,903 people have recovered from coronavirus and the number of patients undergoing treatment is 34,628. The number of coronavirus cases in Islamabad is 40,815, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 65,532, Sindh 241,200, Punjab 154,017, Balochistan 18,750, Azad Kashmir 8,825 and Gilgit-Baltistan 4,902 people have been affected by the virus.
The highest number of deaths due to coronavirus was in Punjab where 4,568 people lost their lives while 3,892 in Sindh, 1,839 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 468 in Islamabad, 102 in Gilgit-Baltistan, 193 in Balochistan, and 256 in Azad Kashmir. They have lost their lives.
According to the National Command and Operations Center, the rate of positive cases of coronavirus in Karachi is 10.68 percent. The overall positive case rate in Islamabad is 1.18 percent, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 5.25 percent, Punjab 5.97 percent, and Sindh overall 10.23 percent.
In Azad Kashmir, the positive cases of coronavirus are 5.97 percent, in Balochistan 3.52 percent, and in Gilgit-Baltistan 0.56 percent. The novel COVID-19 was first detected in December 2019 in China before being detected in other countries.
Pakistan had closed its borders and took a number of steps to stop the transmission due to which the first case was reported in Pakistan in the last week of February 2020. On March 13, the first meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC), comprising top civil and military leadership, was held to discuss the crisis which was later declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO).