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COVID-19: Pakistan’s confirmed cases jumped to 195,504, recovery rate rose to 84,168

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Coronavirus casesThe number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 195,504 on Friday after new infections were confirmed in the country.

The province-wise break up of the total number of cases as of June 26, is as follows:

Total confirmed cases: 195,504

• Sindh: 75,168

• Punjab: 71,987

• Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 24,303

• Balochistan: 9,946

• Islamabad Capital Territory: 11,981

• Gilgit-Baltistan: 1,398

• AJK: 962

Deaths: 3,962

• Punjab: 1,629

• Sindh: 1,178

• Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 879

• Balochistan: 109

• Islamabad Capital Territory: 119

• Gilgit-Baltistan: 23

• AJK: 25

As COVID-19 cases near 10 million, WHO warns of oxygen shortage

Head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday said the world faces a shortage of oxygen concentrators as the number of worldwide cases of coronavirus infection nears the 10 million mark.

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“Many countries are now experiencing difficulties obtaining oxygen concentrators,” WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference. “Demand is currently outstripping supply.”

The new coronavirus has hit 9.3 million people and killed more than 480,000 so far and is rising by about 1 million cases per week. This has pushed oxygen demand to 88,000 large cylinders per day, or 620,000 cubic metres of oxygen, Tedros said.

The sudden rise has created a dearth of oxygen concentrators needed to support breathing of COVID-19 patients suffering from respiratory distress.

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