Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 845,833 on Thursday after 4,198 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.
Overall 288,680 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 312,522 in Punjab, 121,728 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 22,900 in Balochistan, 77,065 in Islamabad, 5,355 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 17,583 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 18,537 with 108 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.
Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 743,124 after another 4,397 virus recoveries were reported.
Meanwhile, Director General (DG) Health Rana Safdar has said that anti Covid vaccine is available in sufficient quantity in the country.
Briefing the media persons in Islamabad on Thursday, he said that the government is taking all possible steps to acquire more vaccine from all possible sources.
The DG Health said that a mechanism has been developed to ensure that only quality vaccine is administered to the people.
“No compromise will be made on the quality of the vaccine,” he added.
Safdar asked the people aged over 40 years to get themselves registered for the vaccination.
“Vaccination centers are open even after Iftari from 8pm to 12 midnight,” the DG Health said.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) Asim Rauf said the private sector is also being encouraged to import the vaccine.
He said that under a mechanism the private hospitals can also import vaccine for the vaccination of their employees.
It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 153.954 million and death toll tops 3.221 million.