Gen Afzal says 8 lac testing kits available in country as Covid-19 cases rise

Lt Gen Muhammad Afzal said around 800,000 coronavirus testing kits are available in the country at the moment. While the number of cases rises to 8418.

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The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has said there is no shortage of testing kits in the country.

According to media reports NDMA Chairman Lieutenant General Muhammad Afzal said around 800,000 coronavirus testing kits are available in the country at this present time period.

The chairman said 50 laboratories are working across the country while 18 more laboratories would be functional by the end of this month within every division or district.

He said the NDMA is making arrangements to provide medical equipment to the provinces and procured 850,000 testing kits since the outbreak of the pandemic.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country has soared to 8418. According to National Command and Operation Centre, 3721 cases have so far been detected in Punjab, 2537 in Sindh, 1235 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 432 in Balochistan, 263 in Gilgit-Baltistan, 181 in Islamabad Capital Territory and 49 in Azad Kashmir.

The Center said that 1970 patients have so far recovered while the death toll from the virus stands at 176 with 17 new deaths reported during the last twenty-four hours. 425 new cases were reported during the last 24 hours.

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Local transmission of coronavirus is 64% while from foreign travel it is 36%. There are 590 hospitals with COVID facilities with 2,216 patients admitted across the country.

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