Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 534,041 on Monday after 1,629 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.
Overall, 241,200 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 154,017 in Punjab, 65,532 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 18,750 in Balochistan, 40,815 in Islamabad, 4,902 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 8,825 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 11,318 with 23 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.
Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 488,903 after another 2,414 virus recoveries were reported.
Meanwhile, the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has granted approval for emergency use of the Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V, making it the third vaccine approved by the authority against the deadly coronavirus.
On January 17, the DRAP authorised the Oxford University-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use in Pakistan.
Moreover, the DRAP also approved Chinese state-owned firm Sinopharm’s Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use, the second shot to be given approval for the use in Pakistan.
It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 97.4 million and death toll tops 2.112,000 million.