PESHAWAR: Pakistan has recorded 149 more deaths from novel coronavirus, the second-highest coronavirus fatalities since the pandemic emerged last year, and the highest this year.

Pakistan’s highest death toll from coronavirus till date was recorded on June 19, 2020 when 153 people died due to the virus.

According to latest data of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), 6,127 new corona cases have been reported during the past 24 hours after 71,836 tests were conducted across the country. It is the highest daily number of cases since June 14, 2020, when 6,365 cases were confirmed in a single day.

The total number of coronavirus cases has reached 756,285 while the positivity rate is at 8.5 percent. During the last 24 hours, Punjab reported 3,562 cases, Sindh reported 673 cases, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa reported 958 cases, Balochistan reported 62, Islamabad reported 650, Gilgit-Baltistan reported two cases, while Azad Jammu and Kashmir reported 220 cases.

Since the start of the pandemic in Pakistan, Sindh has reported 272,197 cases, Punjab 267,572, KP 105,438, Islamabad 69,556, Balochistan 220,822, Azad Jammu and Kashmir 15,524, and Gilgit Baltistan has reported 5,176 cases.

Punjab recorded its highest number of new cases and deaths on Saturday in a single day since the pandemic began. Keeping in view the grave situation, the Punjab government has announced it will increase the number of smart lockdowns across the province.

As many as 659,483 people have recovered from coronavirus across Pakistan. As many as 4,527 more recoveries were reported in the country during the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, 4,446 coronavirus patients are in critical condition.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa reported 35 more deaths from the virus during the last 24 hours, taking the total number of fatalities to 2,867. Balochistan recorded no additional deaths. The number of fatalities in the province stands at 223.

Meanwhile, the worldwide death toll from COVID-19 crossed 3 million people.

And the actual number of death toll is believed to be significantly higher because of possible government concealment and the many cases overlooked in the early stages of the outbreak that began in Wuhan, China, at the end of 2019.