PESHAWAR: As many as 42 new deaths have been reported in Pakistan from coronavirus during the last 24 hours after which the country’s death toll has reached 7,603.

It was a big alarm for the Pakistani authorities as it was the highest single day death toll during the last four months. According to official data, a total of 2,843 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed during the last 24 hours, bringing the tally to 371,508. So far, 328,931 people have recovered from the virus while the active number of cases stands at 34,974. Pakistan reported 1,389 recoveries during the last 24 hours.

With 42,752 tests conducted across Pakistan, the positivity rate has reached 6.6 percent.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa recorded 371 new cases and four deaths while Balochistan reported 57 new cases. The toll of infections in KP has reached 43,730 while the death toll is 1,323. The number of infections in Balochistan has reached 16,699 and the death toll stands at 158.

Islamabad reported 458 cases and four deaths, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) reported 105 cases, while Gilgit-Baltistan reported 12 cases. Punjab has recorded 564 cases and 15 deaths during the last 24 hours. The toll of infections in Punjab has reached 113,457, while the death toll is 2,826.

It is widely believed that the actual number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan is much higher than the official data as many people prefer not to go for tests and undergo treatment through self-medication.

The government is repeatedly warning the people that the second wave of coronavirus in the country is more dangerous and precaution is the only way to reduce damages. However, the violation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) is common due to which there is threat of the quick virus spread.

The government is also mulling over the option of closing educational institutions under a plan of extended winter vacations to minimise the chances of virus spread. An important decision in this regard is expected during a meeting of federal and education ministers on November 23.

Meanwhile, the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the federal cabinet has approved a $150 million supplementary grant to procure corona vaccine.