Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 516,770 on Saturday after 2, 432 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.
Overall, 233,396 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 148,488 in Punjab, 62,996 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 18,537 in Balochistan, 39,888 in Islamabad, 4,882 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 8,583 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 10,908 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 472,099 after another 2,793 virus recoveries were reported.
Meanwhile, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr Faisal Sultan said that the government is devising strategy to ensure procurement of a medicine of the highest efficacy.
“Our target is to procure the vaccine in the first quarter of the current year, and we are confident of doing so. But it is quite difficult to say on which date we will acquire the vaccine,” he said.
The SAPM said the government was under close contact with a few international firms manufacturing the Covid-19 vaccine.
It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 91.8 million and death toll tops 2 million.