Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 499,517 on Saturday after 2,007 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.
Overall, 224,004 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 144,111 in Punjab, 60,751 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 18,351 in Balochistan, 38,970 in Islamabad, 4,879 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 8,451 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 10,598 with 40 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.
Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 455,445 after another 1,617 virus recoveries were reported.
Meanwhile, World Health Organization (WHO) has urged rich countries to stop making bilateral deals with manufacturers for Covid-19 vaccines.
During a press briefing in Geneva, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it is not appropriate that some countries vaccinate all their population while some remain with no supply of it.
He called on states that have booked excess vaccine doses to donate them to the globally-shared Covax programme, which aims to distribute vaccines equitably around the world.
It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 86.7 million and death toll tops 1.890 million.