Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 1,291,467 on Monday after 360 new cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.
Overall 479,326 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 444,216 in Punjab, 181,011 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 33,558 in Balochistan, 108,285 in Islamabad, 10,429 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 34,642 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
As per the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) data, tests were conducted in last 24 hours while positivity ratio remained 0.83%.
According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 28,878 with 6 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.
Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 1,253,001 after another 354 virus recoveries were reported.
Meanwhile, a study shows that the risk of reinfection with the Omicron coronavirus variant is more than five times higher and it has shown no sign of being milder than Delta as cases soar across Europe and threaten year-end festivities.
A foreign news agency reported that the results of the study by Imperial College London were based on UK Health Security Agency and National Health Service data on people who tested positive for Covid-19 in a PCR test in England between Nov. 29 and Dec. 11.
"We find no evidence (for both risk of hospitalisation attendance and symptom status) of Omicron having different severity from Delta," the study said, although it added that data on hospitalisations remains very limited.
It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 275.035 million and death toll tops 5,371,099.