PESHAWAR: The death toll from COVID-19 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has crossed 300 as 14 new deaths were reported on Saturday.

According to the latest data shared by the KP Health Department, as many as 169 new cases were confirmed in the province during the last 24 hours, taking the tally to 5,847. The new infections include seven from people returning from abroad who have been kept at different quarantine centres. The total death toll stands at 305 now. Out of 14 new deaths, seven have been reported in Peshawar, three in Swat, and one each in Mardan, Lower Dir, Kohat and Bajaur.

The Health Department said a total of 1,699 patients have recovered in KP including 86 during the last 24 hours. Active cases are 3,843.

The death toll in Peshawar has mounted to 179. The metropolis has also reported 2,331 confirmed cases. Swat has reported 26 deaths and 458 infections and Mardan has reported 23 deaths and 320 infections. The other most affected districts are Nowshera with nine deaths and Malakand and Swabi with eight deaths each.

Edhi ambulance driver dies in Nowshera

A driver of an Edhi ambulance hailing from Nowshera has died of coronavirus.

Deputy Commissioner Shahid Ali Khan said Edhi driver Fareed Gul, who was living in Karori area in Peshawar, died during treatment in Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar. He was the first Edhi volunteer to die of coronavirus in KP.

220 workers of tobacco company contract virus

At least 220 workers of Pakistan Tobacco Company in Akora Khattak in Nowshera have contracted coronavirus.

The deputy commissioner said the test results of 845 workers were taken and 220 of them came back as positive. He said the test results of 625 other employees came back as negative.

Most of the infected workers have been quarantined at their homes, while some of them have been sent to Government Technical College Khandar quarantine. The deputy commissioner said all the tests were conducted in a government laboratory.

Countrywide death toll reaches 873

Death toll from COVID-19 in Pakistan has mounted to 873.

As many as 305 deaths have been reported in KP, 252 in Punjab, 268 in Sindh, 36 in Balochistan, four in Gilgit-Baltistan, seven in Islamabad Capital Territory and one in Azad Kashmir.

The total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pakistan have mounted to 40,121.

Of these, 15,590 have been reported in Sindh, 14,584 in Punjab, 5,847 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 2,544 in Balochistan, 921 in Islamabad Capital Territory, 527 in Gilgit-Baltistan and 108 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

As many as 10,880 patients have recovered from the virus in Pakistan.