Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The total number of recovered COVID-19 patients in Pakistan reached 282,268 on Friday after another 343 virus recoveries were reported during the last 24 hours.
Over the last twenty four hours, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 297,512 after 498 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country.
Overall, 130,041cases were reported in Sindh, 97,044 in Punjab, 36,414 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 13,045 in Balochistan, 15,714 in Islamabad, 2,948 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 2,306 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
According to the government's Covid-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached 6,335 with 7 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.
Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar warned citizens that the second wave of Covid-19 may be worse than the first.
In an interview with a private news channel, he urged citizens to continue to adopt standard operating procedures (SOPs) until a vaccine is developed.
The minister said the government has adopted a comprehensive strategy to control the virus in the country.
"Covid-19 cases have reduced but the virus has not fully eliminated," Asad maintained.
Responding to a question about the reopening of schools, the minister said schools will reopen with strict precautionary measures, adding that a final decision will be taken on September 7.
It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 26.39 million and death toll tops 868,000.