COVID-19: Pakistan reports 1,232 new cases, 43 deaths in last 24 hours

COVID-19: Pakistan reports 1,232 new cases, 43 deaths in last 24 hours

Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 1,503,873 on Wednesday after 1,232 new cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.

Overall 565,319 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 499,768 in Punjab, 215,337 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 35,294 in Balochistan, 133,988 in Islamabad, 11,413 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 42,754 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

As per the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) data, 41,744 tests were conducted in last 24 hours while positivity ratio remained 2.95%.

According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 30,096 with 43 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.

Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 1,409,515 after another 3,154 virus recoveries were reported.

Meanwhile, the NCOC revised inbound policy from Thursday keeping in view the downward trend of the COVID-19 situation in the country.

The forum has declared full vaccination against COVID-19 mandatory for all travellers arriving in Pakistan.

The NCOC also abolished “pre-boarding negative PCR” for fully vaccinated inbound passengers.

The statement added that non-vaccinated individuals aged 12 and above will still require a negative PCR test before their flight, a maximum of 72 hours old.

The NCOC further said inbound travellers aged below 12 are exempted from compulsory vaccination whereas passengers aged 12-18 can avail the exemption from vaccination till March 31 this year.

It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 428,357 million and death toll tops 5,926,290.