COVID-19: Pakistan reports 4,253 new cases, 50 deaths in last 24 hours

COVID-19: Pakistan reports 4,253 new cases, 50 deaths in last 24 hours

Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 1,470,161 on Wednesday after 4,253 new cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.

Overall 554,012 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 491,518 in Punjab, 205,505 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 34,910 in Balochistan, 132,161 in Islamabad, 10,987 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 41,068 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

As per the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) data, 51,749 tests were conducted in last 24 hours while positivity ratio remained 8.2%.

According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 29,601 with 50 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.

Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 1,354,298 after another 5,109 virus recoveries were reported.

Meanwhile, a World Health Organization (WHO) survey regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic revealed that disruptions in basic health services such as vaccination programmes and treatment of diseases like AIDS were reported in 92% of 129 countries, a foreign media outlet reported.

The survey, conducted in November-December 2021, showed services were "severely impacted" with "little or no improvement" from the previous survey in early 2021, the WHO said in a statement sent to journalists.

"The results of this survey highlight the importance of urgent action to address major health system challenges, recover services and mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic," the WHO said.

It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 401,302 million and death toll tops 5,783,283.