Pakistan sees highest single-day death toll in five months
Amid rising concerns from the authorities, coronavirus's positivity rate has climbed up to 8.58%.
- Pakistan recorded the highest single-day deaths in five months on Tuesday.
- Karachi has the highest COVID-19 prevalence among all the cities.
- Sindh has the highest case positivity rate among provinces and regions.
Pakistan recorded the highest single-day deaths on Tuesday with 89 new fatalities over the past 24 hours.
According to the data issued by the National Command & Operations Centre (NCOC), Pakistan reported 2,885 new infections during the past 24 hours, taking the total tally to 423,179 – out of which 44,218 cases are active.
Meanwhile, at least 2,486 patients are under critical care, with 336 on ventilators.
Amid rising concerns from the authorities, coronavirus’s positivity rate has climbed up to 8.58%.
The highest COVID-19 prevalence was observed in Karachi as 21.80% of the PCR tests conducted in the past 24 hours detected SARS-CoV-2.
Mirpur has reported an 18.31% positivity rate, followed by 16% in Muzaffarabad.
On the other hand, Hyderabad’s positivity rate has fallen to 9.15% and Lahore’s to 5.98%. Meanwhile, Rawalpindi recorded 8.51% and 14.91%.
Both Sindh and Punjab recorded 41 new deaths, while six died of the coronavirus in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and one in Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK).
Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) reported no casualties in the past 24 hours.
Overall, Sindh has the highest case positivity rate of 13.87%, AJK is second at 9.77%, closely followed by KP at 9.67%, while Balochistan reported 8.68%, Islamabad Capital Territory 4.88%, Punjab 4%, and GB 2.78%.
The country reported 13,932 new recoveries in the past 24 hours – 12,214 of which were reported in Punjab alone- raising the total recoveries to 370,474.
To curtail the increasing cases, the federal government has made face masks mandatory in public spaces.
It has also limited large public gatherings to 300, banned indoor weddings, closed cinemas, theatres, and shrines, and instructed public and private offices to adopt a work-from-home policy and 50% occupancy.
All provinces have also banned indoor dining and limited timings for markets, shops, and shopping malls. Many regions in the country have been placed under smart lockdowns.
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