COVID-19: Pakistan reports 1,455 new cases, 18 deaths in last 24 hours

COVID-19: Pakistan reports 1,455 new cases, 18 deaths in last 24 hours

Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 1,505,328 on Thursday after 1,232 new cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.

Overall 565,975 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 500,092 in Punjab, 215,588 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 35,309 in Balochistan, 134,107 in Islamabad, 11,432 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 42,825 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

As per the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) data, 42,396 tests were conducted in last 24 hours while positivity ratio remained 3.4%.

According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 30,114 with 18 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.

Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 1,412,429 after another 2,914 virus recoveries were reported.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday said that it would establish a global biomanufacturing training hub in South Korea to serve poorer countries wishing to produce their own vaccines, insulin and cancer treatments.

The move comes after the UN health agency helped create a global mRNA vaccine technology transfer hub in South Africa last year to serve African countries largely shut out of access to Covid jabs.

The hub's role is to help provide manufacturers in countries in Africa and beyond with the knowhow to make mRNA vaccines, like those used against Covid-19, at scale and according to international standards.

The UN health agency also announced Wednesday that the mRNA hub in South Africa would provide support to an additional five countries: Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan, Serbia and Vietnam.

It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 430,377 million and death toll tops 5,938,043.