Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The total number of recovered COVID-19 patients in Pakistan reached 316,665 on Thursday after another 605 virus recoveries were reported during the last 24 hours.
Over the last twenty four hours, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 338,875 after 1,302 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country.
Overall, 147,787 cases were reported in Sindh, 105,535 in Punjab, 40,022 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 16,026 in Balochistan, 20,694 in Islamabad, 4,320 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 4,491 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
According to the government's Covid-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached 6,893 with 26 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.
Meanwhile, meeting presided over by Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood and comprising his provincial counterparts on Thursday decided that Pakistan's schools would remain open, as of now, despite the rising COVID-19 cases and deaths.
The decision was made unanimously by all provincial education ministers after health ministry officials briefed the participants of the online meeting on Pakistan's coronavirus situation.
The meeting, however, ruled that there would be no winter holidays in Punjab, while a decision on whether there would minimal number of winter holidays or none at all would depend on geography of the respective provinces.
It was agreed during the meeting that that in the current situation, there was no need to close the educational institutes.
It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 48 million and death toll tops 1.23 million.