Pakistan on Tuesday recorded 1,947 new cases of the novel coronavirus during the past 24 hours bringing the national tally to 490,476.
According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), 59 more people died during this period, taking the death toll from the dread disease to 10,409.
A total of 35,073 samples were tested, out of which 1,947 turned out to be positive. The national positivity ratio of infections was recorded at 5.55 percent.
There are a total of 35,707 active cases of the coronavirus while the number of recovered patients stands at 444,360. 2,219 of the Covid-19 patients under treatment are said to be in critical condition.
On the other hand, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Services Dr. Faisal Sultan said the country is witnessing downward trend in fresh corona cases due to timely decision of closing the educational institutions.
In a media briefing in Islamabad, he said the government adopted an effective strategy to combat the second wave of the pandemic, which prevented further spread of coronavirus in the country.
The Special Assistant said the main focus of the strategy is to control the disease on one hand and maintain business activities on the other hand. He said all concerned public and private institutions are playing a remarkable role under the National Command and Operation Center to contain the disease.
Dr Faisal advised the citizens to continue following the social distancing, use of masks, and other precautionary measures to stop increasing local transmission of COVID-19 in the country.