Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): Pakistan's COVID-19 death toll crossed the 15,000 mark on Wednesday, according to the data shared by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC).
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 700,188 after 4,004 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.
Overall 267,238 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 237,594 in Punjab, 93,862 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 19,942 in Balochistan, 62,775 in Islamabad 5,064 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 13,713 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 15,026 with 102 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.
Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients reached 620,789 after another 2,631 virus recoveries were reported across the country.
Meanwhile, amid the third wave of coronavirus in the country, the government and the ulema (clerics) in a meeting agreed on a number of conditions and guidelines set for prayers’ congregations during the upcoming month of Ramazan.
While the government relaxed some restrictions such as allowing aitekaf in mosques and Imambargahs with strict observance of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and three-foot distance instead of six feet between worshipers, clerics were forewarned of stern action in case of any violation of the standard operating procedures.
Senior ulema at all the stations belonging to all the four mainstream sects in the country took part in the consultation.
It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 131.487 million and death toll tops 2.857 million.