COVID-19 in Pakistan: Highest mortality rates observed in KP, Punjab

ISLAMABAD: As Pakistan’s coronavirus death toll rose to 8,653 with the virus claiming 50 lives in the past 24 hours, the highest fatality rates of 2.8% and 2.6% were observed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab respectively.

The two provinces recorded 11 and 19 new deaths on December 10, data issued by the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) showed on Friday.

  • Punjab has the highest mortality rate
  • Most number of recoveries recorded in Balochistan and GB 
  • Over 3,000 new infections reported in past 24 hours

KP and Punjab are closely followed by Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) with a fatality rate of 2.4% while Gilgit Baltistan reported 2.0%. Although Sindh has recorded 191,246 cases, the most number of coronavirus infections in the country, its fatality rate is one of the lowest at 1.6%. Meanwhile, Balochistan has the lowest fatality rate of 0.98%.

Since the beginning of December, Pakistan is losing about 56 lives on average per day as 563 people have died of COVID-19 in the past 10 days.

During the early months of the pandemic, the country was reporting as many as 139 deaths every day with a mortality rate of over 2.14%. The current rate stands at 2.0%.