PESHAWAR: The alarming situation in Pakistan amid the third wave of coronavirus continues as 72 more deaths have been reported during the last 24 hours taking the overall death toll in the country to 13,935 on Tuesday.
According to the latest figures shared by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), as many as 3,270 persons tested positive for coronavirus during the past 24 hours and now the total number of infections confirmed so far has surged to 633,741.
Sindh remains the worst-hit province by the pandemic in terms of cases, followed by Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. Punjab has emerged as province with more fatalities.
The latest data shows that 263,464 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Sindh, 200,969 in Punjab, 80,519 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 19,347 in Balochistan, 52,676 in Islamabad, 11,792 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and 4,974 in Gilgit-Baltistan.
So far, 6,039 fatalities have been reported from Punjab, 4,479 in Sindh, 2,225 in KP, 203 in Balochistan, 548 in Islamabad, 338 in Azad Kashmir and 103 in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Pakistan has so far conducted 9,857,233 coronavirus tests including 39,742 during the last 24 hours. 585,271 coronavirus patients have recovered in the country whereas 2,485 patients are in critical condition.
According to latest data, KP has recorded 482 more coronavirus cases and 10 deaths during the last 24 hours. The provincial caseload has risen to 80,519 and the death toll is 2,225. Balochistan recorded five new cases after which the provincial tally has increased to 19,347 and the death toll remains 203.
A large number of corona patients are visiting the public sector hospitals in KP and most of them have been reported to have multiple health complications caused by viral infection.
The Hayatabad Medical Complex (HMC) in Peshawar has reserved 120 beds for the coronavirus patients and all were reported to have been occupied on Monday. Of 120 beds, according to HMC Medical Director, Prof Dr Shehzad Akbar, 20 beds are located in the intensive care unit and the remaining were arranged in the high dependency unit and isolation centre.
Some of the infections are reportedly so severe that take several weeks for recovery that is why burden on hospitals is increasing and health officials fear they may soon run out of capacity.