Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 1,276,240 on Saturday after 567 new cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.
Overall 471,497 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 440,918 in Punjab, 178,512 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 33,325 in Balochistan, 107,103 in Islamabad, 10,393 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 34,492 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
As per the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) data, 46,918 tests were conducted in last 24 hours while positivity ratio remained 1.20%.
According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 28,518 with 11 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.
Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 1,224,870 after another 445 virus recoveries were reported.
Meanwhile, British scientists have identified a gene that doubles the risk of dying from Covid-19, providing new insights into why some people are more susceptible to the disease than others, while opening up possibilities for targeted medicine.
On the other hand, Pfizer’s on Friday stated that experimental antiviral pill to treat COVID-19 cut by 89 percent the chances of hospitalisation or death for adults at risk of severe disease, as its CEO vowed to make this promising new weapon in the fight against the pandemic available globally as quickly as possible.
It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 249.896 million and death toll tops 5,054,842.