Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 1,001,875 on Saturday after 1,841 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.
Overall 363,101 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 352,153 in Punjab, 141,495 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 29,451 in Balochistan, 85,351 in Islamabad, 7,639 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 22,685 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
As per the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) data, 37,636 tests were conducted in last 24 hours while positivity ratio remained 4.89%.
According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 22,971 with 32 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.
Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 924,782 after another 1,310 virus recoveries were reported.
Meanwhile, the Sindh government has decided to reimpose coronavirus restrictions from Monday (July 26), banning indoor and outdoor dining at restaurants and changing market timings due to increase in Covid-19 cases.
The decision was taken during a provincial coronavirus task force meeting chaired by Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Friday.
As per the details, from Monday onwards, shopping malls and markets will be allowed to operate from 6am till 6pm while grocery stores, bakeries and pharmacies are allowed to remain open.
It has been decided that marriage functions at wedding halls and other events will not be allowed.
Indoor and outdoor dining at the restaurants has also been banned, however, they have been allowed to offer takeaway and delivery services.
Shrines across the province will also remain closed, while Fridays and Saturdays will be observed as safe days. Offices and in public and private sectors will be allowed to remain open with 50per cent occupancy.
The provincial government’s directive further says that education institutions in Sindh will remain closed from Monday onwards but exams will be held as per schedule.
It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 194.073 million and death toll tops 4,160,362.