COVID-19: Pakistan reports 201 deaths, 5,292 new cases in last 24 hours

COVID-19: Pakistan reports 201 deaths, 5,292 new cases in last 24 hours

Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): Pakistan on Wednesday reported record 201 deaths in last 24 hours which is the highest single-day death toll since the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 810,231 after 5,292 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.

Overall 280,356 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 296,144 in Punjab, 115,596 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 21,945 in Balochistan, 74,131 in Islamabad, 5,280 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 16,779 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 17,530 with the abovementioned 201 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.

Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 704,494 after another 4,678 virus recoveries were reported.

Meanwhile, Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar has urged the citizens aged 40 years and above to register forCOVID-19 vaccination by sending their CNICs to 1166.

In a tweet on Wednesday, he said daily vaccinations crossed over one hundred thousand in a day for the first time yesterday.

The Minister said 117,852 people received vaccine on Tuesday, while a total of 2.1 million citizens have so far been vaccinated.

Moreover, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr Faisal Sultan, in a tweet, has asked the citizens aged fifty to get vaccinated at their any nearby vaccination center.

He said they should approach any center with CNIC, phone number and get the vaccine.

On Tuesday, The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) announced fresh restrictions across the country including a complete ban on tourism from May 8 to May 16 including Eid holidays.

According to a circular of the Interior Ministry, a meeting of the NCOC was held in Islamabad.

It was announced that the tourist resorts, public parks, restaurants and hotels in and around tourist spots as well as shopping malls will remain closed.

It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 147.539 million and death toll tops 3.116 million.