COVID-19: Pakistan reports 723 new cases, 7 deaths in last 24 hours

COVID-19: Pakistan reports 723 new cases, 7 deaths in last 24 hours

Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 1,517,512 on Friday after 723 new cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.

Overall 571,268 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 503,426 in Punjab, 217,857 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 35,403 in Balochistan, 134,767 in Islamabad, 11,608 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 43,159 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

As per the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) data, 39,540 tests were conducted in last 24 hours while positivity ratio remained 1.82%.

According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 30,298 with 7 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.

Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 1,469,405 after another 956 virus recoveries were reported.

Meanwhile, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned the scandalously unequal distribution of COVID-19 vaccine saying rich-country health is prioritized over the poor.

In a statement, the UN chief said it would be a grave mistake to think that pandemic is over and said we must re-dedicate ourselves to end this pandemic for all people.

Guterres underscored that governments and pharmaceutical companies need to work together to provide necessary technological and financial support.

It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 453,964 million and death toll tops 6,052,854.