COVID-19: Pakistan reports 1,277 new cases, 24 deaths in last 24 hours

COVID-19: Pakistan reports 1,277 new cases, 24 deaths in last 24 hours

Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 959,685 on Friday after 1,277 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.

Overall 338,387 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 346,454 in Punjab, 138,179 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 27,242 in Balochistan, 82,779 in Islamabad, 6,239 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 20,405 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

As per National Command and Operation (NCOC) data, 46,941 tests were conducted while positivity ratio remained 2.72%.

According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 22,345 with 24 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.

Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 905,430 after another 1,110 virus recoveries were reported.

Meanwhile, Japan's prime minister warned that the Tokyo Olympics could be held behind closed doors, as virus cases rise in the city just three weeks before the Games begin.

Organisers decided last month to set a limit of 10,000 fans or half of each venue's capacity for events at the pandemic-postponed Games.

But Yoshihide Suga repeated cautions that spectators could be locked out of competitions if the situation worsens, with the government expected to extend anti-virus measures covering Tokyo as new cases climb.

“There is a possibility of there being no spectators” at the Games, Suga said. “We will act with the safety and security of the Japanese people as our top priority.”

It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 183.433 million and death toll tops 3.971 million.