COVID-19: Pakistan reports 861 new cases, 18 deaths in last 24 hours

COVID-19: Pakistan reports 861 new cases, 18 deaths in last 24 hours

Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 1,510,221 on Tuesday after 861 new cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.

Overall 568,277 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 501,544 in Punjab, 216,174 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 35,345 in Balochistan, 134,404 in Islamabad, 11,499 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 42,978 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

As per the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) data, 37,566 tests were conducted in last 24 hours while positivity ratio remained 2.29%.

According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 30,196 with 18 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.

Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 1,442,938 after another 489 virus recoveries were reported.

Meanwhile, the United States (US) government proposed extending temporary waivers of international minimum flight requirements at some airports through late October due to COVID-19.

Airlines can lose their slots at some congested airports if they do not use them at least 80 per cent of the time, Reuters reports. The waivers have been in place since the pandemic began in March 2020.

International passenger air travel in 2021 was down 46 per cent to 61 million over 2019 levels, but up over the 34 million international air passengers in 2020.

It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 437,376 million and death toll tops 5,975,695.