Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 696,184 on Tuesday after 3,953 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.
Overall 266,926 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 235,569 in Punjab, 93,033 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 19,855 in Balochistan, 62,211 in Islamabad 5,061 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 13,529 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 14,924 with 103 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.
Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 618,158 after another 2,198 virus recoveries were reported.
Meanwhile, Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar has said increased restrictions, broader lockdowns and strong enforcement of COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) have started showing their effect.
In a tweet on Tuesday, he said initial signs of positivity are slowing. He however, said that due to momentum of last two weeks, patients on critical care and mortality will stay at high levels for some time.
He urged the people to continue to follow SOPs.
It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 131.020 million and death toll tops 2.850 million.