COVID-19 claims 40 lives, infects 3,449 more people

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ISLAMABAD, Mar 19 : The national tally on Friday of total active COVID-19 cases recorded 27,188 with 3,499 more people tested positive for the deadly virus and 813 people recovered from the disease during the last 24 hours.

Forty corona patients have died during past 24 hours, 38 of whom were under treatment in hospital and two out of hospital in respective quarantine or home, according to the latest update issued by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC).

During the last 24 hours most of the deaths had occurred in the Punjab followed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Out of the total 40 deaths occurred during last 24 hours, 17 of the deceased had died on ventilators during their treatment.

The maximum ventilators were occupied in four major areas including Multan 41 percent, Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) 51 percent, Peshawar 26 percent and Lahore 39 percent.

The maximum Oxygen beds (alternate oxygen providing facility other than ventilator administered as per medical requirement of COVID patient) was also occupied in Four major areas of Gujrat 75 percent, Peshawar 53 percent, ICT 40 percent and Rawalpindi 32 percent.

Around 276 ventilators were occupied elsewhere in the country while no COVID affected person was on ventilator in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Gilgit Baltistan (GB) and Balochistan.

Some 42,845 tests were conducted across the country on Thursday, including 10,527 in Sindh, 15,818 in Punjab, 7,443 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), 7,291 in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), 453 in Balochistan, 289 in GB, and 1,024 in AJK.

Around 578,314 people have recovered from the disease so far across Pakistan making it a significant count with over 90 percent recovery ratio of the affected patients.

Since the pandemic outbreak, a total of 619,259 cases were detected that also included the perished, recovered and under treatment COVID-19 patients so far, including AJK 11,377, Balochistan 19,290, GB 4,967, ICT 50,096, KP 77,972, Punjab 193,054 and Sindh 262,503.

About 13,757 deaths were recorded in country since the eruption of the contagion. Around 4,473 perished in Sindh where four deaths occured in the hospital during past 24 hours.

5,919 in Punjab had died with 23 deaths occured in past 24 hours. 21 of them in the hospital and two out of the hospital. 2,196 in KP where eight of them died in hospital l on Thursday, 536 in ICT among five deaths in hospital during past 24 hours,  202 in Balochistan, 103 in GB and 328 in AJK succumbed to the deadly virus.

A total of 9,691,087 corona tests have been conducted so far, while 631 hospitals are equipped with COVID facilities. Some 2,601 corona patients were admitted in hospitals across the country.