Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 573,384 on Tuesday after 1,050 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.
Overall, 256,445 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 168,348 in Punjab, 71,146 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 18,993 in Balochistan, 43,623 in Islamabad, 4,951 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 9,878 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 12,658 with 41 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.
Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 536,243 after another 752 virus recoveries were reported.
Meanwhile, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr Faisal Sultan on Monday said that all those eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine including the healthcare workers should go ahead and get vaccinated, urging the masses not to pay heed to misinformation being spread on social media.
Addressing a news conference in Islamabad, the SAPM said that vaccine is necessary to protect health and to stop spread of virus.
Dr Faisal said that the registered vaccines provide 90% protection from Covid-19 in Pakistan.
"This means that all vaccines that are being registered around the world state two things, one is to prevent infection and the other is to prevent its serious effects. It is best to avoid serious effects, so administer it and do not hesitate," the SAPM added.
It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 111.102,000 million and death toll tops 2.462,000 million.