Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 462,814 on Wednesday after 2,142 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.
Overall, 206,489 cases were reported in Sindh, 133,179 in Punjab, 55,811 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 17,980 in Balochistan, 36,483 in Islamabad, 4,832 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 8,040 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
According to the government's Covid-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 9,557 with 84 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.
Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 415,352 after another 4,415 virus recoveries were reported.
Meanwhile, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on National Health Services, Dr Faisal Sultan has said that coronavirus vaccine would be available in Pakistan by March 2021.
In an interview with a private television channel, he said the government is in touch with three companies for purchasing the coronavirus vaccine.
The SAPM said priority would be given in vaccination to health workers and people of above sixty five years age.
Commenting on second wave of COVID-19, he said it is more dangerous and has affected a large number of people around the world.
He urged the general public to adopt the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to prevent the virus and contain the pandemic.
It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 77.5 million and death toll tops 1.7 million.