COVID-19: Pakistan reports 1,118 new cases, 77 deaths in last 24 hours

COVID-19: Pakistan reports 1,118 new cases, 77 deaths in last 24 hours

Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 936,131 on Wednesday after 1,118 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.

Overall 325,110 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 343,031 in Punjab, 134,928 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 25,961 in Balochistan, 81,871 in Islamabad, 5,664 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 19,566 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

As per National Command and Operation (NCOC) data, 43,900 tests were conducted while positivity ratio remained 2.54%.

According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 21,453 with 77 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.

Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 869,691 after another 2,244 virus recoveries were reported.

Meanwhile, Pakistan on Wednesday achieved a major milestone of administering 10 million doses of anti-Covid vaccine.

A ceremony marking the achievement was held at the NCOC in Islamabad.

Briefing the media, Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umer, who also heads the NCOC, expressed satisfaction over the vaccination drive.

He, however, said we have a long way to go as our target is to vaccinate 70 million people by the end of this year.

The minister said that The NCOC chief said Pakistan was vaccinating an estimated 300,000 people on a daily basis against the coronavirus, adding that more than 300,000 were registering for the vaccine on a daily basis.

Asad Umar said that the measures taken in the wake of third wave of Covid-19 have shown positive results and there is a visible reduction in the positivity ratio.

He, however, said that 3,000 people are still on critical care in hospitals and the threat is not over yet.

The NCOC chief appealed to all segments of the society to increasingly participate in the vaccination drive as it is the only way to lift all the COVID-related restrictions in the country.

It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 173.331 million and death toll tops 3.735 million.