Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 1,194,198 on Thursday after 4,062 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.
Overall 441,410 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 408,758 in Punjab, 166,564 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 32,480 in Balochistan, 101,840 in Islamabad 10,109 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 33,037 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
As per the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) data, 63,161 tests were conducted in last 24 hours while positivity ratio remained 6.43%.
According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 26,497 with 84 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.
Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 1,076,112 after another 4,136 virus recoveries were reported.
Meanwhile, the NCOC has once again directed all federating units to stop administering Sinopharm and Moderna as first doses due limited stocks.
In a notification, the NCOC said based on "limited stock viz-a-viz future procurement, clear instructions were passed to all federating units for immediate stoppage of Sinopharm and Moderna as first dose".
However, both COVID-19 vaccines were being administered in a "huge quantity", it noted, warning that doing so will "complicate administration of second dose in foreseeable future owing to non-availability of requisite stock levels besides hammering national vaccination drive".
The forum urged that all the federating units should stop administering Sinopharm and Moderna "irrespective of nature of case and request by clientele".
It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 223.450 million and death toll tops 4,610,516.