Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 778,238 on Thursday after 5,857 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.
Overall 275,081 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 279,437 in Punjab, 109,704 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 21,242 in Balochistan, 71,533 in Islamabad 5,215 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 16,026 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 16,698 with 98 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.
Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 676,605 after another 3,986 virus recoveries were reported.
Meanwhile, Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives and head of National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) Asad Umar on Wednesday hinted out further restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Speaking to the media after chairing a meeting of the NCOC, Asad Umar said the coronavirus situation in the country had become “extremely serious”, adding that major cities may be closed down if the current trajectory continues. The minister urged the nation to understand the gravity of the situation.
Moreover, India marked a grim milestone in the Covid-19 pandemic, reporting 314,835 new daily cases, the highest one-day tally anywhere, as its second wave and similar surges elsewhere raised new fears about the ability of health services to cope.
It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 142.757 million and death toll tops 3.037 million.