Pakistan's COVID-19 recoveries reach 273,579

Pakistan's COVID-19 recoveries reach 273,579

Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The total number of recovered COVID-19 patients in Pakistan reached 273,579 on Friday after another 775 virus recoveries were reported during the last 24 hours.

Over the last twenty four hours, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 291,588 after 630 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country.

Overall, 127,381 cases were reported in Sindh, 95,958 in Punjab, 35,545 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 12,424 in Balochistan, 15,453 in Islamabad, 2,604 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 2,223 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

According to the government's Covid-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached 6,219 with 10 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, a study carried out by the Health Services Academy and other organisations said that 11% of Pakistanis have developed immunity from the coronavirus pandemic.

The national seroprevalence study was carried out by government of Pakistan in July in collaboration with multiple partners including Aga Khan University (AKU) and with technical support from World Health Organisation (WHO).

On Thursday, the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination said in a statement that the study was part of the WHO Unity Study being conducted simultaneously in 25 other countries.

Seroprevalence studies are carried out with an objective to assess as to what percentage of population has developed protective immunity (antibodies) to the virus.

It was estimated that almost 11% of Pakistanis have developed protective immunity across Pakistan. It means that every 10th Pakistani has developed antibodies in their blood against the COVID-19 virus.

It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 22.78 million and death toll tops 792,000.