Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 587,014 on Friday after 1,579 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.
Overall, 258,904 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 174,191 in Punjab, 73,007 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 19,084 in Balochistan, 44,921 in Islamabad, 4,957 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 10,371 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 13,128 with 52 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.
Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 556,769 after another 1,527 virus recoveries were reported.
Meanwhile, the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has authorised the use of Chinese Sinopharm covid-19 vaccine for people over 60 years of age.
In a statement, Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) spokesperson Sajid Shah said that all healthcare workers registered with National Immunisation Management System (NIMS) who were above 60 years could now get themselves vaccinated from designated coronavirus vaccine centers after the authorisation by the DRAP.
It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 115.094,000 million and death toll tops 2.560,000 million.