Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 1,020,324 on Thursday after 4,119 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.
Overall 374,434 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 354,904 in Punjab, 142,799 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 30,019 in Balochistan, 86,602 in Islamabad, 7,935 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 23,631 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
As per the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) data, 59,707 tests were conducted in last 24 hours while positivity ratio remained 7.53%.
According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 23,209 with 76 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.
Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 937,354 after another 1,612 virus recoveries were reported.
Meanwhile, major UAE airlines Etihad and Emirates have further extended flight operations from South Asian countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In line with UAE government directives, Emirates will be suspending the carriage of passengers from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka to Dubai until 07 August 2021," the airline said in its latest travel advisory.
The UAE’s national carrier, Etihad Airways, has announced that flights from India and Pakistan to the Gulf state will remain suspended until at least August 2.
Moreover, in view of the rising cases from abroad,the Sindh government has announced to establish a 100-bed isolation facility in District Malir to quarantine passengers coming to Karachi airport.
It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 196.717 million and death toll tops 4,203,776.