ISLAMABAD (our reporter): Pakistan registered its highest number of daily COVID-19 cases — 7,678 — in the last 24 hours, up from 6,808, the second-highest daily toll, since the pandemic started in 2020, official figures showed Friday morning.
Previously, the highest daily toll was recorded on June 13, 2020, when the country reported 6,825 coronavirus cases, the National Command and Operation Centre’s (NCOC) data showed.
With the new infections, the overall cases have moved past 1.35 million. Meanwhile, as many as 59,343 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, and the positivity ratio shot up to 12.93%.
The deaths from coronavirus also went up to 23 — highest since October 15 — in the last 24 hours from five a day earlier, taking the overall death toll to 29,065, official figures showed.
The cases are on the rise, but top officials have refused to impose a lockdown, saying that the country’s economy could not bear the burden of another.