COVID-19: Pakistan reports 3,495 new cases, 61 deaths in last 24 hours

COVID-19: Pakistan reports 3,495 new cases, 61 deaths in last 24 hours

Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 615,810 on Thursday after 3,495 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.

Overall 262,207 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 191,186 in Punjab, 77,443 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 19,269 in Balochistan, 49,476 in Islamabad 4,965 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 11,264 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 13,717 with 61 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.

Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 577,501 after another 1,634 virus recoveries were reported.

Meanwhile, Pakistan on Wednesday received the second batch of Sinopharm vaccines from China.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr Faisal Sultan received the 0.5 million jabs at the Nur Khan Airbase in Islamabad.

Speaking on the occasion, the SAPM said THAT China has always extended a helping hand to Pakistan in crucial times and thanked the Chinese government for its generosity.

Moreover, Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar, who also heads the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), has urged the people to be very careful as the new strain of COVID-19 spreads faster and is more deadly.

In a tweet on Thursday, he said hospital daily admissions and people in critical care are rising fast.

Asad said if Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) compliance does not improve, we will be forced to place stronger restrictions on activities.

It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 121 million and death toll tops 2.7 million.