Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 514,338 on Friday after 2, 417 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.
Overall, 231,953 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 147,953 in Punjab, 62,719 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 18,515 in Balochistan, 39,749 in Islamabad, 4,882 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 8,567 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 10,863 with 45 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.
Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 469,306 after another 2,072 virus recoveries were reported.
Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood on Friday announced that the educational institutions will resume classes 9-12 from January 18 while classes 1-8 will begin from February 1.
He was briefing the media after a high-level meeting at the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) to review the decision to reopen educational institutions amid the ongoing wave of Covid-19.
The meeting was also attended by federal and provincial health and education ministers.
Shafqat Mahmood said that it was decided during the meeting that the NCOC will review the coronavirus situation next week and adopt a smart approach under which there is a possibility to keep the schools shut in those cities where the infection rate is comparatively high.
He said the institutions of higher education will also reopen from February 1.
Shafqat Mahmood said it has also been decided that the students will not be promoted to the next class without examinations.
It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 91.4 million and death toll tops 1.9 million.