Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 986,668 on Saturday after 2,783 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.
Overall 354,103 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 349,890 in Punjab, 140,293 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 28,884 in Balochistan, 84,399 in Islamabad, 7,288 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 21,811 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
As per the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) data, 49,247 tests were conducted in last 24 hours while positivity ratio remained 5.65%.
According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 22,760 with 39 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.
Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 918,329 after another 1,000 virus recoveries were reported.
Meanwhile, Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar, who also heads the NCOC, on Friday said that the people with both doses of vaccine against COVID have seven times lower risk of getting virus compared to those who are not vaccinated.
He was addressing a media briefing in Islamabad along with Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on National Health Services Dr Faisal Sultan.
Urging the people to get vaccinated against the pandemic, the minister said this is the only way to get rid of the disease.
“The Indian variant had worst impact on the whole region but the good news is that if you got vaccinated, the risk would minimize,” he noted.
Asad said that the world has praised Pakistan’s strategy to cope with the pandemic, therefore in order to maintain this positive image, all Pakistanis are urged to get vaccinated and follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs) against the pandemic.
It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 190.316 million and death toll tops 4,092,116.