Pakistan reports 42 Covid-19 deaths, 2,843 fresh cases

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has reported at least 42 new Covid-19 deaths and 2,843 fresh cases as the country struggled to contain the spread of coronavirus, the health ministry said on Saturday.
The coronavirus deaths have reached 7,603 while the number of total reported cases rose to 371,508, the Ministry of National Health Services said.
At least 328,931 people have recovered so far and some 1,613 are in critical condition. The ministry's data showed that the number of active coronavirus patients was 34,974.
Sindh has reported 161,028 cases, Punjab 113,457, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 43,730, Islamabad 26,177, Balochistan 16,699, Pakistan-occupied Kashmir 5,911 and Gilgit-Baltistan 4,506.
So far, 5,141,403 tests have been done in the country, including 42,752 in the last 24 hours. The positivity rate of cases was 6.6 per cent, the ministry said.
Meanwhile, the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet has approved a USD 150 million supplementary grant to procure a vaccine against COVID-19.
The ECC met on Friday with Advisor on Finance Abdul Hafeez Shaikh in the chair.

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