Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 521,211 on Monday after 1,920 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.
Overall, 235,576 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 149,782 in Punjab, 63,615 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 18,612 in Balochistan, 40,111 in Islamabad, 4,884 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 8,631 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 10,997 with 46 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.
Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 475,228 after another 1,589 virus recoveries were reported.
Meanwhile, the educational institutions from grade 9 to 12 reopened on Monday across the country.
The institutions were shut in the wake of second wave of COVID-19.
In the next phase, grade 1 to 8 and higher educational institutions will reopen on February 1.
The educational institutions have been directed to ensure compliance to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to avoid the spread of the pandemic.
Moreover, Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid has said that frontline health workers will be the first to be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus once the vaccination drive starts in the province.
Addressing a press conference, Rashid said that so far, about 300,000 health workers have been registered and the authorities expect the number to go up to 500,000.
"In the next phase, people above the age of 65 will be vaccinated," she said.
Dr Yasmin stated that Covax, an international alliance, has promised to vaccinate 20 per cent of the Pakistani population for free.
She said that the federal government is also in talks with different companies that are producing vaccines, which include Sinopharm, Pfizer as well as Russian companies.
It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 93.1 million and death toll tops 2 million.