Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 530,818 on Saturday after 1,927 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.
Overall, 239,935 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 152,925 in Punjab, 64,945 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 18,715 in Balochistan, 40,629 in Islamabad, 4,899 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 8,770 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 11,247 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 484,508 after another 1,737 virus recoveries were reported.
Meanwhile, China has asked its pharmaceutical companies to accelerate exports of Coronavirus vaccine to Pakistan.
This was stated by Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying during her regular briefing in Beijing.
The directions were issued to the companies after Chinese State Councilor Wang Yi assured Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to provide half a million doses of coronavirus vaccine to Pakistan.
On Thursday, the foreign minister had said that Pakistan is expected to receive the first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine from China by January 31, 2021.
He said these vaccines would be provided free of cost as grant assistance from China.
It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 96.2 million and death toll tops 2.082,000 million.