Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 1,520,817 on Friday after 183 new cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.
As per the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) data, 28,544 tests were conducted in last 24 hours while positivity ratio remained 0.64%, the lowest since December 30, 2021 when 0.95% positivity rate was reported.
Overall 572,868 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 504,142 in Punjab, 218,503 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 35,454 in Balochistan, 134,910 in Islamabad, 11,657 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 43,206 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 30,326 with 7 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.
Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 1,473,616 after another 788 virus recoveries were reported.
Meanwhile, nearly three dozen companies worldwide will soon start making generic versions of Pfizer’s coronavirus pill, the UN-backed Medicines Patent Pool that negotiated the deal has said.
The Medicines Patent Pool said in a statement that agreements signed with 35 companies should help make Pfizer’s antiviral nirmatrelvir, or Paxlovoid, available to more than half of the world’s population, a foreign news agency reported.
It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 466,544 million and death toll tops 6,088,220.