COVID-19: Pakistan reports 1,122 new cases, 25 deaths in last 24 hours

COVID-19: Pakistan reports 1,122 new cases, 25 deaths in last 24 hours

Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to  1,506,450 on Friday after 1,122 new cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.

Overall 566,505 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 500,395 in Punjab, 215,743 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 35,316 in Balochistan, 134,169 in Islamabad, 11,448 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 42,874 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

As per the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) data, 41,142 tests were conducted in last 24 hours while positivity ratio remained 2.72%.

According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 30,139 with 25 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.

Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 1,414,979 after another 2,550 virus recoveries were reported.

Meanwhile, Chinese researchers have found that a commonly used hypertension drug is effective in reducing COVID-19 infection in cells and the mouse lung.

The findings by researchers from Harbin Veterinary Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, were published in the latest issue of the journal Plos Pathogens.

Their conclusion is based on a study to test whether diltiazem could inhibit the replication of SARS-CoV-2 in  in cells and in a mouse model.

It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 432,015 million and death toll tops 5,948,212.