Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 1,333,521 on Tuesday after 5,034 new cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.
Overall 505,930 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 454,372 in Punjab, 182,419 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 33,729 in Balochistan, 111,855 in Islamabad, 10,446 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 34,770 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
As per the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) data, 53,253 tests were conducted in last 24 hours while positivity ratio remained 9.45%.
According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 29,029 with 10 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.
Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 1,264,611 after another 1,125 virus recoveries were reported.
Meanwhile, Punjab Education Minister Murad Raas has said that unvaccinated students, who are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination, will not be allowed to attend schools as the country battled against the fifth coronavirus wave fuelled by Omicron variant.
Addressing a press conference in Lahore on Monday, the minister said that the NCOC meeting had decided that educational institutions cannot be closed before imposing Covid-induced restrictions on other sectors.
He said the classes of students below the age of 12 years will be allowed with 50% attendance as they had not been vaccinated.
Moreover, Pakistani health authorities on Monday announced the completion of a successful clinical trial of Chinese traditional herbal medicine for treating COVID-19, as the country enters a fifth wave of the pandemic driven by the Omicron variant.
It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 331.623 million and death toll tops 5,564,206.