21 more die of coronavirus, 1,708 fresh cases surface in Pakistan


LAHORE : A total of 1,708 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed during the last 24 hours, bringing the national tally to 348,184.

With 21 more deaths reported overnight, the country’s death toll from the disease has surged to 7,021, according to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC).Thus far, a total of 320,065 people have recovered from the infection while the number of active cases stands at 21,098. With 31,989 samples tested during the past 24 hours, the number of tests so far conducted across the country has reached 47,73,496.

Earlier, the NCOC said the Covid positivity rate has exceeded five per cent after a gap of over three months.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Imran Khan, calling for collective efforts to curb the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, said that Pakistan and China were jointly working to produce a coronavirus vaccine.

Addressing the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Council of Heads of State (SCO-CHS) meeting via video link, the PM maintained that nearly 50 million people have lost their lives after the breakout of the deadly virus across the world.