COVID-19: Pakistan reports 250 new cases, 3 deaths in last 24 hours 

COVID-19: Pakistan reports 250 new cases, 3 deaths in last 24 hours 

Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 1,289,543 on Tuesday after 250 new cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.

Overall 478,173 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 443,937 in Punjab, 180,710 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 33,536 in Balochistan, 108,146 in Islamabad, 10,426 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 34,615 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

As per the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) data, 36,944 tests were conducted in last 24 hours while positivity ratio remained 0.67%.

According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 28,839 with 3 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.

Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 1,251,584 after another 175 virus recoveries were reported.

Meanwhile, the NCOC on Tuesday announced that all Pakistanis stranded in Category C countries, including valid National Identity Card of Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) and Pakistan Origin Card (POC) holders, will be allowed to return to Pakistan without exemption till December 31.

The forum, which serves as the nerve centre of the government’s anti-COVID strategy, said that passengers travelling from Category C countries will be required to submit proof of vaccination and take a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test 48 hours prior to boarding.

Moreover, as vaccination of youngsters from 15 to 18 years of age has not started in some countries, the NCOC said that mandatory full vaccination for inbound passengers between 15 to 18 years of age has been extended till January 31, 2022 instead of December 1, 2021.

It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 271.126 million and death toll tops 5,329,212.