RAWALPINDI: The national tally on Thursday of total active COVID-19 cases was recorded at 44,236 with 1,303 more people tested positive for the deadly virus and 1,978 people recovered from the disease during the last 24 hours. 76 corona patients have died during past 24 hours, 67 of whom were under treatment in the hospitals and 9 out of the hospitals in their respective quarantines or homes, according to the latest update issued by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC). During the past 24 hours, most of the deaths have occurred in the Punjab followed by Sindh. There were 2,967 Covid infected patients under treatment in critical care in various corona dedicated healthcare facilities in past 24 hours while the national positivity ratio was recorded at 3.1 percent. It may be mentioned here that the Covid positivity ratio was the percentage of actual positive cases appearing in every 100 tests performed to identify infected individuals. The maximum ventilators were occupied in four major areas including Islamabad 21 percent, Lahore 27 percent, Bahawalpur 26 percent and Multan 48 percent. The maximum oxygen beds were occupied in four major areas of Abbottabad at 30 percent, Peshawar at 28 percent, Karachi at 30 percent and Multan at 30 percent. Around 361 ventilators were occupied elsewhere in the country while no COVID affected person was on ventilator in Balochistan and Gilgit Baltistan (GB). Some 41,824 tests were conducted across the country on Wednesday, including 13,972 in Sindh, 11,497 in Punjab, 10,375 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), 3,682 in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), 1,222 in Balochistan, 386 in GB, and 690 in AJK. Around 871,669 people have recovered from the disease so far across Pakistan making it a significant count with over 90 percent recovery ratio of the affected patients. Since the pandemic outbreak, a total of 937,434 cases were detected that also included the perished, recovered and under treatment COVID-19 patients so far, including AJK 19,623, Balochistan 26,052, GB 5,674, ICT 81,933, KP 135,162, Punjab 343,252 and Sindh 325,738. About 21,529 deaths were recorded in the country since the eruption of the contagion. Around 5,183 have perished in Sindh, among 16 of them died in hospitals and three out of the hospitals on Wednesday. 10,436 in Punjab had died with 39 deaths occurred in the past 24 hours. 33 of them died in the hospitals and six out of the hospitals. 4,185 in KP have died so far where 15 of them died in hospitals on Wednesday, 768 in ICT among two of them died in hospitals on Wednesday, 291 in Balochistan, 107 in GB and 559 in AJK, among one of them succumbed to the deadly virus in hospital on Wednesday. A total of 13,705,490 corona tests have been conducted so far, while 639 hospitals are equipped with COVID facilities. Some 3,192 corona patients were admitted in hospitals across the country.