Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 957,371 on Wednesday after 979 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.
Overall 337,052 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 346,180 in Punjab, 137,951 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 27,145 in Balochistan, 82,652 in Islamabad, 6,098 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 20,293 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 22,281 with 27 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.
Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 903,484 after another 1,499 virus recoveries were reported.
Meanwhile, a meeting of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), chaired by its coordinator Lieutenant General Hamood uz Zaman Khan, was held in Islamabad on Tuesday.
The meeting was informed that three million doses of Sinovac were arriving in Pakistan from China through procurement Plan for this month.
The forum discussed the roll out plan of utilizing these three million doses.
It was informed that so far 21.13 million doses of different types of vaccines have been received by Pakistan out of which over 17 million doses were procured on payment.
Chairman NDMA briefed on efforts put in for procurement plan of vaccines out of allotted budget of 1.2 billion dollars.
The forum expressed satisfaction on the availability of vaccine in country. It was also once again reiterated that all federating units can procure vaccine at their end.
It expressed concerns over rising positivity of disease in Gilgit-Baltistan and emphasized on stringent implementation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) with regards to tourism in Northern region of the country.
It was reiterated that federating units have the discretion of planning summer holidays in their respective education institutions.
It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 182.594 million and death toll tops 3.954 million.