Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 1,297,235 on Monday after 708 new cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.
This is the highest number of infections reported in a single day in the country since October 30, 2021.
Overall 482,826 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 445,445 in Punjab, 181,469 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 33,644 in Balochistan, 108,755 in Islamabad, 10,429 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 34,667 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
As per the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) data, 45,643 tests were conducted in last 24 hours while positivity ratio remained 1.55%.
According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 28,943 with 2 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.
Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 1,257,168 after another 144 virus recoveries were reported.
Meanwhile, Pakistan has started COVID-19 booster shots for all people who are over 30 years old who have been fully vaccinated at least six months ago.
Earlier on Sunday, Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar, who also heads the NCOC, warned against a new wave of COVID-19 with new variant named Omicron in the country.
In a tweet, he said there are clear evidences of a beginning of another wave of COVID which has been expected for last few weeks.
The minister advised the people to strictly follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) including wearing face masks.
It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 290.647 million and death toll tops 5,460,644.