The number of deaths from coronavirus infections crossed 100 for the second consecutive day on Saturday.
According to data of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 101 patients died of the disease during the last 24 hours till Saturday morning, raising the toll to 10, 283.Total cases climbed to 715,252 after 3,473 new infections were recorded during the time.
A total of 16,185 samples were tested in 257 authorized labs across the country during the period.
Some 15,413 samples were collected in the 24 hours. Official data shows the number of samples tested gradually dropped below the 19,000 mark, down from around 34,000 samples in a span of just five days.
However, the test positivity rate remains upward despite the fall in samples tested.
The latest figures show an infection rate of 21.46% against the overall figure of 13.86 percent since the pandemic broke out in the country in March last year.
The infection rate started to rise sharply in two months after the first case was detected on March 8 last year. Later, the figure continued to decline till the end of last year.Globally, over 139.97 million people have been infected by the novel coronavirus and three million have died, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.