Pak conducts highest number of coronavirus tests over 24-hour period as cases cross 48,000-mark


The Health Ministry said that Pakistan conducted the highest number of tests per day during the last 24 hours as the corona cases crossed the 48,000-mark on Thursday. Pakistan recorded 2,193 new cases, taking the total number of infected to 48,091. The death toll has risen to 1,017 with 32 new deaths.


PTI , Updated: 21 May 2020, 01:04:16 pm

Health officials said the highest number of 15,346 coronavirus tests were conducted in a single day in the last 24 hours. (photo credit: News Nation)

Islamabad:

Pakistan conducted the highest number of tests per day during the last 24 hours, as the coronavirus cases crossed the 48,000-mark on Thursday, the health ministry said. Pakistan reported 2,193 new cases, taking the total number of infections to 48,091. The death toll stands at 1,017 with 32 new deaths.

Health officials said the highest number of 15,346 coronavirus tests were conducted in a single day in the last 24 hours. The authorities have conducted 429,600 tests so far. Sindh recorded the highest number of 18,964 cases, followed by Punjab with 17,382, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 6,815, Balochistan 2,968, Islamabad 1,235, Gilgit-Baltistan 579 and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir 148.

Officials said that 14,155 patients have been cured so far. Planning Minister Asad Umar said on Tuesday that the number of daily tests has been increased that 30,000 tests per day will be enough for Pakistan to control the spread of the deadly virus. Pakistan is in a position to conduct over 25,000 tests per day, he said, expressing hope that by the end of May or early June the country will be able to conduct 30,000 tests per day.


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First published: 21 May 2020, 01:04:16 pm



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