Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 981,392 on Thursday after 2,545 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.
Overall 351,006 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 349,111 in Punjab, 139,960 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 28,588 in Balochistan, 84,083 in Islamabad, 7,163 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 21,481 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
As per the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) data, 48,910 tests were conducted in last 24 hours while positivity ratio remained 5.2%.
According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 22,689 with 47 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.
Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 916,373 after another 1,030 virus recoveries were reported.
Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar, who also heads the NCOC, on Thursday warned of a 'rapid build-up' of COVID-9 patients in hospitals and urged the masses to follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs) and get vaccinated as soon as possible.
"Rapid build up starting to take place in Covid patients hospital inflow, as well as patients in critical care," the minister tweeted.
It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 189.219 million and death toll tops 4,075,614.