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Pakistan lists among countries with highest number of COVID tests

ISLAMABAD: As Pakistan continues to see a fall in COVID-19 cases, a website has placed the country on the 29th position in the list of 30 countries that have conducted the most number of tests per million population (PMP).

The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has, meanwhile, recorded 1,050 patients who contracted the virus and 41 deaths over the last 24 hours.

Also, Pakistan is going to hold the first international conference dedicated to the COVID -19 vaccine in which the principal investigating officers of various vaccines will share their research papers.

According to the website,, which maintains global data, Pakistan has carried out 39,136 tests per million population, with Indonesia being the only country having conducted fewer tests 38,135 tests PMP.

In terms of the most tests per million population, Israel ranks on top with 1,273,050 tests, followed by the United Kingdom which has conducted 1,266,538 tests and the US is in the third position with 1,052,930 tests per million population.

Compared to Pakistan, India has conducted around four times more tests 152,821 tests PMP, Turkey has carried out 381,953 tests; Iran, 124,687 and Iraq, 162,756 tests.

Similarly, the United Arab Emirates, which is ranked 49th in terms of the most number of cases, has conducted 2,978,906 tests and Denmark, 2,784,399 tests PMP despite being in the 58th position.

Over the last year, Pakistan has conducted 8.7 million tests overall.

The US has carried out the most number of tests i.e. over 349 million, India with over 212 million tests is ranked second while Russia comes in third place with over 109 million tests.

Meanwhile, the NCOC data revealed that 1,050 people got infected and 41 lost their lives in a single day.

As many as 250 ventilators were in use across the country while 2,069 patients were hospitalised on Tuesday.

February 24, 2021

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