Pakistan on Saturday has reported its highest single-day surge in coronavirus cases after three months, government data showed.
As per the data, the country reported 847 news Coronavirus cases on October 23 out of 31,009 samples taken by the health authorities. The country also reported 12 new deaths in the past 24 hours.
The last time such a spike was recorded on July 30 when more than 900 cases were detected.
The new increase has taken the number of positive cases in the country to 327,063, while the countrywide death toll has soared to 6,727.
Tests and Recoveries
Around 310,101 people have recovered from the disease so far. There are a total of 10,235 active cases of Covid-19 in the country. 586 of the patients currently under treatment in hospitals across the country in critical condition.
A total of 42,35,329 tests have been conducted so far.
So far, Sindh has reported 143,222 cases, Punjab 102,467, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 38,923, Balochistan 15,791, Islamabad 18,764, Azad Jammu and Kashmir 3,748, and Gilgit Baltistan 4,148.
NCOC concerned over rise in positive cases
Earlier, on October 13, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) had expressed concerns over a surge in coronavirus cases and mortality during the last five days.
Planning Minister Asad Umar chaired a meeting of the NCOC wherein the provincial chief secretaries and officials of the health ministry briefed the participants regarding the COVID-19 situation and the government’s steps to control it.
United States – Coronavirus cases reach record high
On the other hand, the United States (US) has recorded a massive hit in COVID-19 cases with 83,010 new cases.
According to the Covid Tracking Project, nearly 8.5 million cases of coronavirus have reported in America since the pandemic began.
The daily increase on Friday increased by more than 6,000 cases the tracking project’s previous record of 76,842 on 17 July.
The US has reported 441,541 new infections last week – its largest seven-day increase since the end of July.