COVID-19: Pakistan reports 1,245 new cases, 40 deaths in last 24 hours

COVID-19: Pakistan reports 1,245 new cases, 40 deaths in last 24 hours

Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 568,506 on Friday after 1,245 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.

Overall, 255,039 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 166,242 in Punjab, 70,493 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 18,967 in Balochistan, 43,145 in Islamabad, 4,947 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 9,673 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 12,527 with 40 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.

Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 531,840 after another 1,243 virus recoveries were reported.

Meanwhile, a report by an anti-poverty campaigners found that rich countries are on course to have over a billion more doses of COVID-19 vaccines than they need, leaving poorer nations scrambling for leftover supplies as the world seeks to curb the coronavirus pandemic.

In an analysis of current supply deals for COVID-19 vaccines, the ONE Campaign said wealthy countries, such as the United States (US) and Britain, should share the excess doses to “supercharge” a fully global response to the pandemic.

The advocacy group, which campaigns against poverty and preventable diseases, said a failure to do so would deny billions of people essential protection from the COVID-19-causing virus and likely prolong the pandemic.

The report looked specifically at contracts with the five leading COVID-19 vaccine makers - Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Oxford-AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, and Novavax.

It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 109.594,000 million and death toll tops 2.424,000 million.