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Pakistan records 6,808 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours

Pakistan has recorded nearly 7,000 coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, the highest single-day rise since the outbreak, according to official statistics released on Thursday.

According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), a total of 58,943 samples were tested, out of which 6,808 turned out to be positive at the positivity rate of 11.55% as compared to yesterday’s 9.48%.

With the emergence of fresh cases, the countrywide tally of cases has jumped to 1,345,801.

Five more patients of COVID-19 succumbed to the viral disease in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 29,042. The number of critical patients rose to 918.

Pakistan has conducted 24,356,373 tests so far to diagnose the deadly virus and 1,265,665 people have regained their health including 426 in the past 24 hours. 

On Wednesday, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) had announced a string of restrictions to curb rising Covid-19 cases.

A session of the country’s nerve centre for Covid response with Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar in the chair approved imposing restrictions from Jan 20 till Jan 31. These restrictions will be reviewed on Jan 27.