35 die from coronavirus; 66 new infection cases surface in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: At least 66 new coronavirus cases have been detected during last twenty-four hours across the country, raising the total number of confirmed cases to 2,450, while the number of death toll has risen to 35.
According to latest official data, thirty-five people have died and 126 patients have recovered while ten patients are in critical condition due to coronavirus outbreak.
In Punjab, the total number of coronavirus cases is 920, in Sindh 783, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 311, Balochistan 169, Islamabad 68, Gilgit-Baltistan 190 and in Azad Kashmir nine.
The number of coronavirus cases in Sindh has reached to 676, including 274 in Karachi and 338 of local transmission which constitutes 50 percent of the total cases.
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A meeting of coronavirus taskforce was held under the chairmanship of Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah here at the CM House on Thursday.
The meeting was told that so far 6578 samples were tested, of them 5742 were found negative and 676 positive (till 4.30pm). Out of 676 cases, 373 were in Karachi, 265 in Sukkur, one in Dadu, 128 in Hyderabad, seven in Larkana, two in Jamshoro and one in Jacobabad.
The local transmission in the province has been recorded at 343 and 63 cases have travel history. At present 229 are in home isolation, 27 patients of travel history and local transmission have been cured. 23 pilgrims have also recovered and eight died while 47 are under treatment in different hospitals of Karachi and 93 others in Hyderabad.
The chief minister said that the out of 276 cases the local transmission was 338 which was 50 percent of the tested cases. This showed that the local transmission was further aggravating, he said.
The chief minister was also told that the government hospitals have reported 1874 pneumonia cases, of them 124 were tested for coronavirus and private hospitals reported 702 cases and 27 of them were also tested. The government is also focusing on severe pneumonia cases so that the threat of COVID-19 could be tracked properly.
The Sindh government has screened 57562 people, of them 6578 are suspects. The health department has taken 6578 samples, of them 676 have been declared as positive while 160 results are awaited.