PESHAWAR: Pakistan witnessed massive increase in coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours as the death toll has reached 1,433 and infections crossed 68,300.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has reported eight deaths, Sindh reported 38 fatalities and Punjab reported 29 deaths within 24 hours, which caused massive jump in the overall toll.

The death toll from COVID-19 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has reached 453 as eight new deaths were reported on Saturday.

According to latest data shared by the KP Health Department, as many as 473 new cases were confirmed in the province Saturday, taking the tally to 9,540. The new infections include 74 from people returning from abroad who have been kept at different quarantine centres and 13 at Torkham. Out of eight new deaths, four have been reported in Peshawar and one each in Swat, Abbottabad, Charsadda and Buner.

The Health Department said a total of 2,809 patients have recovered in KP including 78 during the last 24 hours.

KP first time has become the second most affected province in Pakistan as death toll in Sindh has sharply increased to make it the worst hit province. Peshawar remains the most affected district of KP with 255 deaths, over half of the total deaths in the province. The total confirmed cases in the metropolis have reached 3,503, including 157 fresh cases.

According to official data, Swat remains the second most affected district with 41 deaths, Mardan has reported 27 deaths, Nowshera and Malakand have reported 14 and 16 deaths respectively, Abbottabad has reported 14 deaths, Swabi reported 11 and Bajaur tribal district and Kohat have reported 13 and 10 deaths, respectively.

Death toll from COVID-19 in Pakistan has mounted to 1,443. As many as 453 deaths have been reported in KP, 439 in Punjab, 465 in Sindh, 46 in Balochistan, 11 in Gilgit-Baltistan, 23 in Islamabad Capital Territory and six in Azad Kashmir.

The total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pakistan have mounted to 68,301. Of these, 27,360 have been reported in Sindh, 24,104 in Punjab, 9,540 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 4,193 in Balochistan, 2,192 in Islamabad Capital Territory, 678 in Gilgit-Baltistan and 234 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

As many as 24,131 patients have recovered from the virus in Pakistan.