COVID-19: Pakistan reports 5,472 new cases, 8 deaths in last 24 hours

COVID-19: Pakistan reports 5,472 new cases, 8 deaths in last 24 hours

Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 1,338,993 on Wednesday after 5,472 new cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.

Overall 509,308 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 455,499 in Punjab, 182,619 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 33,729 in Balochistan, 112,557 in Islamabad, 10,455 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 34,811 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

As per the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) data, 57,669 tests were conducted in last 24 hours while positivity ratio remained 9.48%.

According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 29,037 with 8 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.

Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 1,265,239 after another 628 virus recoveries were reported.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation (WHO) chief said that the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, cautioning against a narrative that the fast-spreading Omicron variant is risk-free.

“This pandemic is nowhere near over,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters from WHO's headquarters in Geneva.

Tedros warned against dismissing as mild the coronavirus variant Omicron, which has spread like wildfire around the globe since it was first detected in southern Africa in November.

It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 335,424 million and death toll tops 5,573,790.