PESHAWAR: The death toll from COVID-19 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has reached 425 as nine new deaths were reported on Wednesday.

According to latest data shared by the KP Health Department, as many as 224 new cases were confirmed in the province during the last 24 hours, taking the tally to 8,483. The new infections include 10 from people returning from abroad who have been kept at different quarantine centres and 45 from Torkham. Out of nine new deaths, seven have been reported in Peshawar and one each in Swat and Kohat.

The Health Department said a total of 2,632 patients have recovered in KP including 54 during the last 24 hours.

KP maintains the grim milestone of most deaths from the pandemic in the country, while Peshawar remains the most affected district of KP with 244 deaths, over half of the total deaths in the province. The total confirmed cases in the metropolis have reached 3,150.

According to official data, Swat remains the second most affected district with 37 deaths, Mardan has reported 25 deaths, Nowshera and Malakand has reported 14 deaths each, Abbottabad has reported 12 deaths, Swabi reported 11 and Bajaur tribal district has reported 10 deaths. Death toll in Kohat has reached nine.

The death toll and infections are continuously increasing in KP mainly due to lack of care and precautions by the people as people are seen openly roaming in bazaars, parks and shopping markets without wearing facemask or using hand sanitizers. Precaution in mosques is also very rarely observed. The rising cases have forced the government to again ponder the option enforcing another lockdown.

Countrywide death toll reaches 1,276

Death toll from COVID-19 in Pakistan has mounted to 1,276.

As many as 425 deaths have been reported in KP, 381 in Punjab, 396 in Sindh, 41 in Balochistan, nine in Gilgit-Baltistan, 19 in Islamabad Capital Territory and five in Azad Kashmir.

The total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pakistan have mounted to 62,330.

Of these, 25,309 have been reported in Sindh, 22,037 in Punjab, 8,483 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 3,616 in Balochistan, 2,015 in Islamabad Capital Territory, 651 in Gilgit-Baltistan and 219 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

As many as 20,231 patients have recovered from the virus in Pakistan.