COVID-19: Pakistan reports 706 new cases, 9 deaths in last 24 hours

COVID-19: Pakistan reports 706 new cases, 9 deaths in last 24 hours

Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 1,271,027 on Thursday after 706 new cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.

Overall 468,776 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 439,653 in Punjab, 177,723 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 33,220 in Balochistan, 106,777 in Islamabad 10,387 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 34,455 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

As per the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) data, 49,486 tests were conducted in last 24 hours while positivity ratio remained 1.42%.

According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 28,414 with 9 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.

Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 1,219,174 after another 1,239 virus recoveries were reported.

Meanwhile, three squad members of the national women’s team participating in the pre-West Indies series camp at the Hanif Mohammad High Performance Centre in Karachi have tested positive for COVID-19, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said in a statement.

According to the PCB, the players started a 10-day quarantine, which ends on Nov 6.

As per the PCB's COVID-19 protocols, all squad members had joined the bio-secure environment after returning two negative tests. These squad members had been vaccinated for Covid-19 in May.

The West Indies team will arrive in Karachi on Nov 1 for three ODI matches on Nov 8, 11 and 14, after which both teams will head to Zimbabwe to play the qualifying round of the ICC Women’s World Cup, which takes place from Nov 21 to Dec 5.

It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 245.882 million and death toll tops 4,989,864.