Covid-19 death toll crosses 15,000 mark, caseload exceeds 0.7m


our correspondent
Amid an intensifying third wave of the pandemic, national coronavirus death toll surged past the 15,000 mark to reach 15,026, while the number of Covid-19 cases crossed the 700,000 mark on Wednesday.
According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), the virus continues to rage in Pakistan as 102 more succumbed to the coronavirus in the last 24 hours. The country reported 4,004 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours with a positivity ratio of 9.6 percent.
Pakistan has reported 7,00,188 Covid-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The number of active cases stands at 64,373 with the nationwide recoveries rising to 620,789.
According to the official data, the total number of coronavirus patients in Sindh has reached 267,238 while 4,516 people have died in the province so far.
The health facilities across the country conducted 41,699 coronavirus detection tests, taking the total number of Covid-19 tests to 10,535,061 since the first case was reported.
According to the NCOC statistics, 124 patients were declared critical, adding to the total number of patients suffering from sensitive health conditions up to 3,769.
Overall 620,789 people have recovered from the virus including 2,631 who have regained their health from COVID-19 during the past 24 hours.
The total number of coronavirus patients in Punjab is 2,37,594 and 6,731 people have died due to the virus, while the total number of patients in Balochistan is 19,942 and the death toll is 212.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the number of coronavirus patients has been recorded at 93,862 with 2,496 deaths while in Azad Kashmir, 13,713 new cases emerged with 380 deaths in the last 24 hours.
In Gilgit-Baltistan, 5,064 cases have been reported while 103 people have lost their lives to the virus.

According to the NCOC, the total number of coronavirus patients in the federal capital Islamabad is 62,775 and 588 patients have died from the virus so far.

Meanwhile, Punjab has reported 56 more deaths and as many as 2,025 new cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, the provincial health department said in a statement on Wednesday.

Fifth-six more patients of the disease died in the province, Punjab’s Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department said. The tally of total deaths by Covid-19 in the province has reached 6,731.

With addition of 2,025 new infections, the provincial tally of confirmed Covid-19 cases has surged to 237,594. Of the 2,025 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, Lahore reported 1,019 cases.

Meanwhile, the NCOC decided to close the Covid-19 vaccination centres across the country once a week. The NCOC approved weekly holiday of coronavirus vaccination centres and issued directives to the provincial chief and health secretaries regarding its closure for a day in a week. TLTP