Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The total number of recovered COVID-19 patients in Pakistan reached 302, 708 on Friday after another 334 virus recoveries were reported during the last 24 hours.
Over the last twenty four hours, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 317,595 after 661 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country.
Overall, 139,571 cases were reported in Sindh, 100,330 in Punjab, 38,219 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 15,480 in Balochistan, 17,122 in Islamabad, 3,893 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 2,980 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
According to the government's Covid-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached 6,552 with 8 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.
Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood on Thursday said that the federal government has no intention to close educational institutions again.
"With the blessing of Almighty Allah, we are in a position to send our children to schools, the decision of closing schools during the outbreak was a good assessment which has saved our education sector and now we have no intention to close educational institutions again," he said while addressing students at Batrasi Cadet College in Mansehra.
The minister said that reforms in the education sector and educating every child of Pakistan are the top priorities of the PTI government.
"20 million children are out of schools, it’s a big challenge to bring them to school, we would utilise all of our resources to educate these children," he added.
It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 36 million and death toll tops 1.05 million.