COVID-19: Pakistan reports 1,771 new cases, 71 deaths in last 24 hours

COVID-19: Pakistan reports 1,771 new cases, 71 deaths in last 24 hours

Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 922,824 on Tuesday after 1,771 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.

Overall 318,579 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 340,110 in Punjab, 132,822 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 25,218 in Balochistan, 81,257 in Islamabad, 5,588 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 19,232 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

As per National Command and Operation (NCOC) data, 47,633 tests were conducted while positivity ratio remained 3.71%.

According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 20,850 with 71 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.

Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 844,638 after another 3,397 virus recoveries were reported.

Meanwhile, the government on Monday approved Rs20 billion budget for the procurement of 10 million doses of made-in-China vaccines and handed over the responsibility to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet approved the technical supplementary grant of $130 million that is equal to approximately Rs20 billion for procurement of vaccines, the Ministry of Finance said.

It added that the money will be given to the National Disaster Management Fund to ensure timely procurement of the coronavirus vaccine for effective national response to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 170.051 million and death toll tops 3.540 million.