Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 961,085 on Saturday after 1,400 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.
Overall 339,268 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 346,582 in Punjab, 138,306 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 27,295 in Balochistan, 82,845 in Islamabad, 6,331 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 20,458 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
As per National Command and Operation (NCOC) data, 48,027 tests were conducted while positivity ratio remained 2.91%.
According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 22,379 with 34 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.
Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 906,387 after another 957 virus recoveries were reported.
Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar on Saturday said that Pakistanis going abroad will be given the Moderna vaccine as some countries are not accepting Chinese vaccines.
Umar, who also heads the NCOC, appreciated the “progressive policy” of US President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken on COVID-19.
In a tweet the minister wrote, “Received 2.5 million doses of Moderna sent by the US govt. This will particularly those who have to travel for work or study to countries which are only accepting certain vaccines.”
It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 183.868 million and death toll tops 3.980 million.