Pakistan is fighting the fourth wave of the epidemic, has received one million COVID-19 Rapid Test (Ag-RDT) kits from the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
At a ceremony on Monday, the consignment was handed over to Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Dr Faisal Sultan.
Sultan, speaking at the event, stated that the US’ help symbolises the friendly relations between the two countries. In her remarks, USAID Mission Director Julie Koenen stated that the fast testing kits would aid Pakistan in slowing the spread of the disease.
Pakistan has recorded 53 new deaths and 4,040 new infections in the last 24 hours, despite a recent jump in Covid positive rates.
The death toll has risen to 23,918 people, with 1,071,620 confirmed cases, according to the latest numbers from the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC).
In the last 24 hours, 2,765 patients have recovered from the deadly illness, bringing the total number of patients who have recovered to 964,404. The overall number of current cases was 83,298 as of Monday, with a nationwide positive rate of 7.54 percent.
Sindh has confirmed 400,400 coronavirus cases, Punjab 364,680, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 148,619, Islamabad 90,660, Balochistan 31,177, Azad Kashmir 27,288 and Gilgit-Baltistan 8,796.
In addition, the epidemic has claimed the lives of 11,201 people in Punjab, 6,215 in Sindh, 4,556 in KP, 816 in Islamabad, 646 in Azad Kashmir, 331 in Balochistan, and 153 in Gilgit Baltistan.
Since the first case was reported, health facilities across the country have done 53,528 coronavirus detection tests, bringing the total number of COVID-19 tests to 16,501,934.