Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The total number of recovered COVID-19 patients in Pakistan reached 286,506 on Wednesday after another 348 virus recoveries were reported during the last 24 hours.
Over the last twenty four hours, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 299,659 after 426 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country.
Overall, 130,969 cases were reported in Sindh, 97,389 in Punjab, 36,711 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 13,402 in Balochistan, 15,780 in Islamabad, 3,068 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 2,340 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
According to the government's Covid-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached 6,359 with 9 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation (WHO) chief scientist said the safety of a prospective Covid-19 vaccine comes "first and foremost", as a trial of a candidate from AstraZeneca was paused due to concerns over side effects.
“Just because we talk about speed, it doesn’t mean we start compromising or cutting corners on what would normally be assessed,” Dr Soumya Swaminathan said.
“The process still has to follow through rules of the game. For drugs and vaccines which are given to people, you have to test their safety, first and foremost.”
It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 27.66 million and death toll tops 897,000.