COVID-19: Pakistan reports 3,019 new cases, 44 deaths in last 24 hours

COVID-19: Pakistan reports 3,019 new cases, 44 deaths in last 24 hours

Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 1,480,592 on Saturday after 3,019 new cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.

Overall 556,772 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 494,238 in Punjab, 208,817 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 35,017 in Balochistan, 132,892 in Islamabad, 11,116 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 41,740 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

As per the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) data, 56,260 tests were conducted in last 24 hours while positivity ratio remained 5.36%.

According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 29,731 with 44 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.

Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 1,370,693 after another 5,175 virus recoveries were reported.

Meanwhile, the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) said the acute phase of the pandemic could end this year, if around 70 per cent of the world gets vaccinated.

“Our expectation is that the acute phase of this pandemic will end this year, of course with one condition, the 70pc vaccination (target is achieved) by mid this year around June, July,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, told reporters in South Africa.

“If that is to be done, the acute phase can really end, and that is what we are expecting. It's in our hands. It's not a matter of chance. It's a matter of choice.”

It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 409,026 million and death toll tops 5,821,346.