ISLAMABAD: Pakistan, Tuesday, reported 103 coronavirus deaths of which 88 only in Punjab, which is 85.44 percent of the total Covid-19 national deaths reported in the past 24 hours.
According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), the country also reported 3,953 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, which took the national tally to 696,184, since the coronavirus outbreak in February 2020.
After the 103 more Covid-19 deaths, the nationwide death tally has reached 14,924 since the pandemic outbreak. Of the 103 coronavirus deaths reported in the past 24 hours, 93 were under treatment in hospitals and 10 were in quarantines centres or at homes, the NCOC said.
Sindh with 266,926 coronavirus cases is on top, followed by the Punjab which is worst-hit area of the third Covid-19 wave with 235,569 cases, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa with 93,033 cases, Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) with 62,211 cases, Balochistan 19,855 cases, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) 13,529 cases, and Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) with 5,061 cases is at the bottom.
Of the 14,924 nationwide coronavirus deaths since the outbreak of Covid-19, Punjab with 6,675 deaths is on top, wherein, 88 people died in the past 24 hours of which 78 in hospitals, while 10 in homes, followed by Sindh with 4,510 Covid-19 deaths one of them died in the past 24 hours, KPK with 2,469 deaths 12 of them died in the last 24 hours, the ICT with 584 deaths one of them died on Monday, the AJK with 372 deaths of which one died in the past 24 hours, Balochistan with 211 deaths, and the G-B with 103 deaths.
A total of 10,493,362 corona tests have been conducted so far, while 631 hospitals are equipped with COVID facilities.
Some 4,387 corona patients were admitted in hospitals across the country.
According to the NCOC, at present, there are 63,102 active Covid-19 cases in Pakistan of which 3,645 are in critical condition. Over the past 24 hours, 2,198 people recovered from the disease taking the total recoveries to 618,158, which is over 90 percent of the affected patients.
Countrywide 46,665 tests were conducted across the country on Monday, including 10,300 in Sindh, 19,304 in Punjab, 7,198 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP), 7,500 in the ICT, 1,148 in Balochistan, 396 in G-B, and 819 in AJK.
Multan with 70 percent ventilators occupancy is on top, followed by Lahore with 67 percent ventilators occupancy, Gujranwala with 60 percent, and ICT 57 percent.
The maximum Oxygen beds (alternate oxygen providing facility other than ventilator administered as per medical requirement of COVID patient) was also occupied in four major areas: Swat 64 percent, Gujranwala 85 percent, Peshawar 77 percent, and Gujrat 78 percent. Around 432 ventilators were occupied elsewhere in the country, while no COVID-affected person was on ventilator in G-B and Balochistan.
Meanwhile, Chairman NCOC Asad Umar has said that more than one million people across the country had so far received vaccinations against COVID-19.
The NCOC chairman, who is also federal minister for planning and development, in a tweet said, “Total vaccinations carried out so far crossed 1 million. More than 76,000 vaccinations were carried out yesterday.”
He said total number of people registered so far was now over two million, out of which 600,000 were healthcare workers and more than 1.4 million people were of over 50 years of age.
He urged the people above 50 years to register for vaccination. In another tweet, Asad Umar said the increased restrictions, broader lockdowns, and stronger SOPs enforcement had started producing effect as the positivity ratio had slowed down. “However, due to momentum of last two weeks, patients on critical care and mortality will stay at high levels for some time. Please follow SOPs and be safe,” he added.
Copyright Business Recorder, 2021