Lahore/Quetta/Karachi/Peshawar (Staff Report/Agencies): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 1,295,376 on Friday after 515 new cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.
Overall 481,689 cases were confirmed in Sindh, 444,977 in Punjab, 181,370 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 33,633 in Balochistan, 108,618 in Islamabad, 10,429 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 34,660 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
As per the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) data, 47,856 tests were conducted in last 24 hours while positivity ratio remained 1.07%.
According to the government's COVID-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached to 28,927 with 6 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.
Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 1,256,337 after another 406 virus recoveries were reported.
Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar, who also heads the NCOC, said on Friday that Pakistan has successfully achieved the target of vaccinating 70 million people set for 2021.
In a post on Twitter, the NCOC chief said that the federal government procured vaccines worth Rs250 billion to make this massive vaccination drive possible.
He said the federal government provided these vaccines free of cost to all citizens regardless of which province they live in.
Giving detail of the vaccination drive, Asad Umar said Islamabad leads with 77% fully vaccinated, Punjab 51% Gilgit-Baltistan 46%, Azad Kashmir 45%, Balochistan 42%, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 41% and Sindh 37%.
The minister said 46% of the total eligible population is fully vaccinated and 63 % has received at least one dose.
It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 286.904 million and death toll tops 5,446,652.