Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 1,221,261 on Saturday after 2,512 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.
Overall 449,349 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 420,615 in Punjab, 170,738 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 32,722 in Balochistan, 103,923 in Islamabad 10,232 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 33,682 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
As per the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) data, 57,077 tests were conducted in last 24 hours while positivity ratio remained 4.4%.
According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 27,135 with 63 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.
Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 1,129,562 after another 3,610 virus recoveries were reported.
Meanwhile, the United Kingdom (UK) has removed Pakistan from its list of “red list countries.
As per the details, Britain simplified rules on Friday for international travel to England in a boost to the tourism industry, including scrapping the need for fully vaccinated passengers to take expensive Covid tests on arrival from low-risk countries.
Under the new proposals, destinations will simply be ranked low or high risk, instead of red, amber and green. Eight countries, including Turkey, Pakistan and the Maldives, will be removed from the high-risk red band from next Wednesday which requires passengers to quarantine in a hotel.
From October 4, vaccinated passengers arriving from low-risk countries will be permitted to take a cheaper lateral flow test, rather than the privately administered PCR lab tests now required. PCR tests for a family now can cost hundreds of pounds.
It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 228.426 million and death toll tops 4,693,022.