Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 649,824 on Saturday after 4,468 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.
Overall 264,355 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 210,095 in Punjab, 83,630 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 19,453 in Balochistan, 55,056 in Islamabad 4,990 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 12,245 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 14,158 with 67 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.
Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 593,282 after another 2,137 virus recoveries were reported.
Meanwhile, the Punjab government has put public sector hospitals of the province on high alert after intensification of the third wave of COVID-19, particularly in the provincial capital where the positivity rate of the infection has reached 16%.
As per the health authorities, Lahore was at the top of the districts in the province reporting the highest infection rate, which was determined on the basis of cases reported in the last two weeks.
Moreover, the World Health Organization (WHO) has called for countries and companies worldwide to immediately share 10 million doses of Coronavirus vaccines with the United Nations (UN)-backed COVAX scheme to deliver jabs to poorer nations.
Talking to newsmen, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that 15 days are left to make sure that the 36 countries that have yet to administer a single dose will be able to start immunizing.
It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 125.160,000 million and death toll tops 2.748, 000 million.