PESHAWAR: The alarming trend of spike in coronavirus cases during its third wave in Pakistan is continuing as 4,767 new cases and 57 deaths were reported during the last 24 hours.

The tally of over 4,000 daily cases continued for third straight day on Sunday. It is the highest single-day surge in corona cases since June 21, 2020.

On Sunday, Punjab reported 2,823 cases, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa reported 979 cases, Islamabad reported 538 cases, Sindh reported 252 cases, Azad Jammu and Kashmir reported 122 cases, Balochistan reported 44 cases and Gilgit-Baltistan reported nine cases.

According to official data, total recoveries from coronavirus in Pakistan have reached 595,929 after 2,647 more people recovered during the last 24 hours. As many as 3,043 patients are still in critical condition in Pakistan.

For Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, it was the second consecutive day with over 900 coronavirus cases. The provincial caseload has reached 84,609. KP also recorded nine more fatalities, taking its death toll to 2,283.

Balochistan reported 44 new cases and one more death, taking the provincial tally to 19,497 and the death toll to 206.

A total of 45,656 tests were conducted on Saturday. The positivity ratio in the country has climbed to 10.4 percent.

The actual number of corona infections is believed to be much higher as many people still opt against going for corona tests.

On Sunday, National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) chief and Asad Umar warned that tough decisions may be taken by the government if the coronavirus situation doesn’t improve. He said restrictions were increased two weeks ago due to the deteriorating coronavirus situation.

In Peshawar, five wedding halls and 19 shops were sealed violating standard operating procedures (SOPs) against coronavirus.

According to an official statement, the district administration inspected Qisakhwani, Hayatabad, Cantonment, Ring Road, BRT stations and bus stations along with different bazaars to ensure the implementation of SOPs. They also arrested 30 people and fined 109 others for not wearing facemasks and avoiding social distancing. Twelve shops were sealed in Peshawar and 22 shopkeepers were arrested. As many as 49 passengers were fined for not wears masks while traveling in BRT Peshawar.


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