COVID-19: Pakistan reports 7,678 new cases, 23 deaths in last 24 hours

COVID-19: Pakistan reports 7,678 new cases, 23 deaths in last 24 hours

Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 1,353,479 on Friday after 6,808 new cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.

This is the highest number of daily cases since the pandemic began in February 2020.

Overall 516,874 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 458,879 in Punjab, 183,403 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 33,812 in Balochistan, 115,047 in Islamabad, 10,467 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 34,997 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

As per the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) data, 59,343 tests were conducted in last 24 hours while positivity ratio remained 12.93%.

According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 29,065 with 13 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.

Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 1,266,479 after another 814 virus recoveries were reported.

Meanwhile, a UN-backed organisation on Thursday stated that generic drug manufacturers will make a more affordable version of Merck's anti-COVID pill for 105 of the world's poorer nations,

The global Medicines Patent Pool signed agreements with 27 manufacturers to produce the oral antiviral medicine molnupiravir, for supply in low- and-middle-income countries.

It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 343,332 million and death toll tops 5,593,695.