Pakistan reports 157 deaths from COVID-19, highest to date

LAHORE (Dunya News) – Amid a rise in the number of coronavirus cases in the country, oxygen stocks in at least seven hospitals of Lahore have dwindled with back up of 16 to 24 hours.

According to details, the use of oxygen due to rising coronavirus cases has increased five folds.

Few days ago, Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar also said that oxygen supply capacity is now under stress. Hospital fill up continuing to grow. Critical care patients now above 4500, which is 30% higher than the peak in June last year. Oxygen supply capacity in the country is now under stress, he added.

On the other hand, Pakistan has reported 157 deaths from COVID-19 in last 24 hours, highest to date as the number of positive cases has surged to 790,016. The nationwide tally of fatalities has jumped to 16,999 on Saturday.

According to the latest figures by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) 5,908 persons tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.

Punjab remains the worst-hit province in terms of deaths and cases followed by Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Till now 7,897 individuals have lost their lives to the epidemic in Punjab 4,587 in Sindh, 3,066 in KP, 657 in Islamabad, 458 in Azad Kashmir, 230 in Balochistan, and 104 in GB.