A day after World Health Organisation’s statement that an end to the Covid-19 pandemic in sight, Pakistan has reported another 117 coronavirus infections and one fatality during the last 24 hours, showed the statistics released by the National Institute of Health (NIH) on Thursday morning. 

According to NIH data, the death toll in the country has risen to 30,604 while the number of total infections now stood at 1,571,530 after adding the fresh 117 cases.

During the last 24 hours, 18,785 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 0.62 percent. The number of patients in critical care was recorded at 82.

During the last 24 hours, another 279 patients have recovered from the Covid-19 in Pakistan and the number of total recoveries now stood at 1,535,388. As of Thursday, the total count of active cases in the country was recorded at 5,538.

As many as 593,867 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Sindh, 521,917 in Punjab, 224,053 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 139,358 in Islamabad, 35,980 in Balochistan, 44,309 in Azad Kashmir and 12,046 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

As many as 13,611 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab so far, 8,238 in Sindh, 6,362 in KP, 1,031 in Islamabad, 793 in Azad Kashmir, 378 in Balochistan and 191 in Gilgit Baltistan.

The number of newly reported Covid-19 cases has dropped dramatically, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, urging the world to seize the opportunity to end the pandemic.

Newly reported cases of the disease, which has killed millions since being identified in late 2019, last week fell to the lowest level since March 2020, said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

"We have never been in a better position to end the pandemic," he told reporters. "We are not there yet, but the end is in sight."

But the world needed to step up to "seize this opportunity", he added.

"If we don't take this opportunity now, we run the risk of more variants, more deaths, more disruption, and more uncertainty."

According to WHO's latest epidemiological report on Covid-19, the number of reported cases fell 28 percent to 3.1 million during the week ending September 11, following a 12-percent-drop a week earlier.