Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 886,184 on Wednesday after 3,256 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.
Overall 299,913 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 328,775 in Punjab, 127,224 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 23,931 in Balochistan, 79,371 in Islamabad, 5,428 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 18,286 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
As per National Command and Operation (NCOC), data 41,771 tests were conducted while positivity ratio remained 7.79%.
According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 19,856 with 104 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.
Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 799,951 after another 4,440 virus recoveries were reported.
Meanwhile, Minister for Science and Technology, Shibli Faraz said that the role of Science, Technology and Innovation in driving a sustainable and resilient recovery from the devastating impacts of COVID 19 pandemic is crucial, especially in the area of health.
He was virtually addressing the 24th Annual Session of the United Nations (UN) Commission on Science and Technology for Development.
Shibli Faraz said the government is committed to advance a robust health and STI agenda in the country, including through international cooperation and partnerships.
He said Pakistan has integrated the SDGs in its development plans, policies and programmes.
It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 163.3 million and death toll tops 3.386 million.