Pakistan's COVID-19 death toll crosses 20,000 mark

Pakistan's COVID-19 death toll crosses 20,000 mark

Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): Pakistan's COVID-19 death toll crossed the 20,000 mark on Friday, according to the data shared by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC).

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 893,461 after 3,070 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.

Overall 304,571 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 331,102 in Punjab, 128,561 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 24,318 in Balochistan, 80,010 in Islamabad, 5,454 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 18,547 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

As per National Command and Operation (NCOC), data 51,528 tests were conducted while positivity ratio remained 5.95%.

According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 20,089 with 102 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.

Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 810,143 after another 6,021 virus recoveries were reported.

Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Planning, Development, Reforms and Special Initiatives Asad Umar has on Friday announced that the coronavirus vaccination for people aged 30 and older will start on May 22 (Saturday).

In a message on Twitter, the minister said that the decision was made in the NCOC) meeting today.

The messages for those who are being scheduled will go out today, he added.

Moreover, the NCOC has allowed walk-in anti-Covid vaccination for all aged 18 and above Pakistanis working or studying abroad.

It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 164.5 million and death toll tops 3.412 million.