Eighteen more people died of COVID-19 and 1,899 others were detected with coronavirus infection across the country in the past 24 hours ending at 8:00am Friday.
With the new figures, the number of COVID-19 cases rose to 566,838 and the number of deaths hit 8,642.A press release of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) made the disclosure on Friday afternoon.
In the last 24 hours, 219 coronavirus testing laboratories across the country tested 18,917 samples.
Health authorities reported another 1,618 people recovered from the disease in a day, rising the total number of recoveries to 519,141.
Of the total sample tests, 10.04 percent tested positive in the past 24 hours, while 12.98 percent cases were detected from the total tests conducted so far, the release added.
Among the total infections, 91.59 percent patients have recovered, while 1.52 percent died so far since the first COVID-19 positive cases were reported in the country on March 8.