Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 1,024,861 on Friday after 4,537 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.
Overall 377,231 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 355,483 in Punjab, 143,213 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 30,162 in Balochistan, 86,945 in Islamabad, 8,008 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 23,819 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
As per the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) data, 58,203 tests were conducted in last 24 hours while positivity ratio remained 7.79%.
According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 23,295 with 86 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.
Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 938,843 after another 1,489 virus recoveries were reported.
Meanwhile, Punjab Education Minister Murad Raas on Thursday announced that all public and private schools in the province will reopen from August 2.
In a tweet, the minister said that all schools will be operating at 50% capacity on any given day.
He also urged the officials of schools to ensure the implementation of the COVID-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the government.
Moreover, the United States (US) has officially handed over the second batch of 3 million Moderna COVID-19 doses to Pakistan to help in its fight against the pandemic.
“Today, the United States was pleased to donate three million doses of the life-saving Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to the Government of Pakistan for distribution to the Pakistani people. These vaccines were delivered in partnership with the COVAX facility and UNICEF,” read an official statement issued on Thursday.
It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 197.390 million and death toll tops 4,214,977.