ISLAMABAD – As the fifth wave of coronavirus intensified in Pakistan, the country reported 4,286 new infections over the last 24 hours, the highest since August 25, 2021.
As per the latest figures from National Command and Operation Centre, the total tally of deaths surpassed the 29,000 mark. At least 4 people lost their lives while the Covid positivity ratio jumped to 8.16 percent as the Omicron variant continues to push infection rates.
Statistics 15 Jan 22:— NFRCC (@NFRCCofficial) January 15, 2022
Total Tests in Last 24 Hours: 52,522
Positive Cases: 4286
Positivity %: 8.16%
Patients on Critical Care: 709
Pakistan conducted a total of 52,522 cases in the last 24 hours. The number of patients in critical care was 709. Around 2,598 patients have recovered from the virus and the total recoveries stood at 1,263,005.
As many as 497,153 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 451,408 in Punjab, 182,100 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 110,597 in Islamabad, 33,684 in Balochistan, 34,739 in Azad Kashmir, and 10,439 in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Moreover, 13,087 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab so far, 7,693 in Sindh, 5,953 in KP, 968 in Islamabad, 749 in Azad Kashmir, 367 in Balochistan, and 186 in Gilgit Baltistan.
The recent spike in new cases is being driven by the Omicron variant of the coronavirus which has triggered a fifth wave in the South Asian country.
Meanwhile, Pakistan has started administering booster doses to the population in light of the recent surge in cases. The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) also reduced the age limit for booster jabs.
Pakistani rupee advanced its winning momentum against US dollar, and other currencies in the open market amid strong economic cues.
On Saturday, the US dollar was being quoted at 285.15 for buying and 287.95 for selling.
Euro moves down to 309.9 for buying and 310.5 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 359.4 for buying, and 360.05 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED also moved down to 77.45 whereas the Saudi Riyal drops to 75.82.
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||359.4||360.05|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.38||36.48|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||173.44||175.44|
The price of gold fell by thousands of rupees as precious metal lost shine despite an upward trend in the international market.
On Saturday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,300 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,300.
Meanwhile, single tola of 22 Karat gold costs Rs199,190, 21 karat rate costs Rs190,138 and 18k gold rate is Rs162,975.
Globally, gold prices hover at around $2072, gaining $32 on Saturday.
|Lahore||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Karachi||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Islamabad||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Peshawar||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Quetta||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Sialkot||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Attock||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Gujranwala||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Jehlum||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Multan||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Gujrat||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Nawabshah||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Chakwal||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Hyderabad||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Nowshehra||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Sargodha||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Faisalabad||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Mirpur||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|