Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 953,842 on Saturday after 935 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.
Overall 335,044 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 345,655 in Punjab, 137,560 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 26,932 in Balochistan, 82,528 in Islamabad, 5,950 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 20,173 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
As per National Command and Operation (NCOC) data, 46,842 tests were conducted while positivity ratio remained 1.99%.
According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 22,188 with 36 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.
Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 898,944 after another 1,110 virus recoveries were reported.
Meanwhile, NCOC chief and federal minister Asad Umar said that a fourth wave of Covid-19 could possibly occur in July if precautionary standard operating procedures (SOPs) are not adhered to.
In a tweet on Friday, the minister said that the artificial intelligence-based disease modeling analysis was reviewed in the NCOC.
"In the absence of strong SOP enforcement and continued strong vaccination program, the 4th wave could emerge in Pakistan in July. Please adhere to SOPs and vaccinate as soon as possible," he stressed.
It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 181.190 million and death toll tops 3.925 million.