COVID-19: Pakistan reports 1,560 new cases, 52 deaths in last 24 hours

COVID-19: Pakistan reports 1,560 new cases, 52 deaths in last 24 hours

Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 1,243,385 on Wednesday after 1,560 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.

Overall 456,897 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 430,353 in Punjab, 173,548 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 32,888 in Balochistan, 105,287 in Islamabad 10,311 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 34,101 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

As per the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) data, 48,836 tests were conducted in last 24 hours while positivity ratio remained 3.19%.

According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 27,690 with 52 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.

Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 1,167,189 after another 2,970 virus recoveries were reported.

Meanwhile, the NCOC has announced that cities with a low level of vaccination as well as unvaccinated individuals will be imposed with higher restrictions.

In a tweet on Wednesday, NCOC chief Asad Umar said: “The only way out of the Covid pandemic is to get a high percentage of citizens vaccinated." He added that, “Therefore as part of the strategy to reward citizens and cities which vaccinate, there will be higher restrictions on cities with a low level of vaccination and on citizens who are not vaccinated.”

In another tweet, Asad Umar said that the country's nerve centre for anti-Covid measures has decided to relax COVID-19 related restrictions in eight cities which have the highest level of vaccination.

“These include Quetta, Peshawar, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Mirpur, Muzaffarabad, Gilgit and Skardu,” the minister stated.

He added that starting from October 1, a number of restrictions will be imposed on adults who were not yet fully vaccinated.

It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 233.592 million and death toll tops 4,779,704.