Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 1,374,800 on Monday after 7,195 new cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.
Overall 526,899 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 464,431 in Punjab, 185,340 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 33,941 in Balochistan, 118,292 in Islamabad, 10,497 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 35,400 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
As per the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) data, 57,401 tests were conducted in last 24 hours while positivity ratio remained 12.53%.
According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 29,105 with 8 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.
Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 1,269,078 after another 833 virus recoveries were reported.
Meanwhile, at least 62 schools and 15 hotels have been sealed in Islamabad over violations of coronavirus-related Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
As COVID-19 cases in the country continue to rise due to omicron variant, authorities have launched crackdown against violators of SOPs issued by the government.
During the crackdown several hotels were sealed and eight people were arrested.
Moreover, Coronavirus positivity rate in Karachi has risen to 37.3 percent as country faces fifth wave of the deadly virus fueled by Omicron variant.
On the other hand, special SOPs have been issued for the various sectors in Punjab to bring decrease in the number of infections.
In a statement on Monday, Punjab Secretary for Primary and Secondary Health Care Imran Sikandar Baloch said that vaccination is the only effective treatment against coronavirus.
He appealed the general public to maintain social distancing, wear masks and contact 1033 for any guidance or complaints.
It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 352,209 million and death toll tops 5,615,035.