Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 1,496,693 on Friday after 2,400 new cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.
Overall 562,597 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 497,820 in Punjab, 213,762 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 35,187 Balochistan, 133,613 in Islamabad, 11,285 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 42,429 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
As per the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) data, 48,744 tests were conducted in last 24 hours while positivity ratio remained 4.92 %.
According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 29,950 with 33 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.
Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 1,396,218 after another 3,009 virus recoveries were reported.
Statistics 18 Feb 22:— NCOC (@OfficialNcoc) February 18, 2022
Total Tests in Last 24 Hours: 48,744
Positive Cases: 2400
Positivity %: 4.92%
Patients on Critical Care: 1496
Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has shortened the recommended quarantine duration for people exposed to the coronavirus, saying those who test negative can now end quarantine after seven days instead of 14 previously.
Where testing to shorten quarantine is not possible, quarantine may be ended after day 10 without testing if the contact presents no symptoms, the WHO said in its new interim guidance.
It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 420,360 million and death toll tops 5,882,0633.